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This brilliantly lucid and concise study traces China's history and culture from Neolithic times to the present, working into an integrated and authoritative narrative that covers centuries of politics, warfare and government, science and technology, economics and commerce, religion, philosophy, and the arts. Most valuable of all, Dr. Morton illuminates the essential Chinese design, the underlying mental set of the people and the society. He has given approximately equal treatment to all premodern periods, as each has its importance in the evolving history of the Chinese experience, and has illustrated the work with numerous photographs, maps, paintings and drawings and quotations from the literature.
Newly updated and revised, China: Its History and Culture, Fourth Edition, also carefully examines the crucial social and economic changes that have taken place in China over the last decade.
"A wonderful job! So lucid, beautifully written, with great range and insight. This will set a new standard for short general histories of China."--Michael Gasster, professor emeritus of history at Rutgers University
"Simple, concise, factual, and yet comprehensive, penetrating and readable."--Wing-Tsit Chan, Professor of Chinese Philosophy and Culture Emeritus, Dartmouth College
W. Scott Morton (New York, NY) is a full professor emeritus in Chinese and Japanese history and culture and in ancient history at Seton Hall University, in New Jersey.
Charlton N. Lewis (Brooklyn, NY) is a professor emeritus of Chinese history at Brooklyn College, CUNY.
I used this book for a primer to Chinese history. It is OK for that purpose but I wish the chapters were better titled so that it would be easier to review those topics that I... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Florida
The book arrived very quickly, but the only problem that I had was that I was not told that the cover was so well worn that the words could be barely seen on the spine and that was... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Chardonnay King
I enjoyed reading this. It is current, concise(as it can be), and well-written. That said I would have liked some more qualitative description of life during these periods. Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by PW
If you're looking for a general overview of Chinese history this is a good read. It's good at summarizing and bringing up the different cultural contexts when they're especially... Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by Vyacheslav
bought this for a college class back at Mills in '06. This is a very neat, clean format and the author really gets the message across in a way that is easily understood. Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Eiri Uesugi