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I have read other histories of China but Mr. Spence presents it in a very readable way and highlight things glossed over in other book.Published 2 months ago by Gene R. Brumbach
Great for my research paper I'm doing. Spence does a great job at covering much of the history of China in extraordinary detail.Published 5 months ago by JG
Spence covers the centuries of China's last dynasty, the Qing (Ch'ing), the efforts to establish republican government, the warlord era, and the rise of the Communist... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Yersin USA
I'm learning Chinese and have a shelf full of books about China which I've recently been plowing through. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Joanne
Basic but useful history of modern China.
Not beach reading, but that's not what it's for anyway.
Probably best for skimming and reference.
I thought Fairbanks' book was good but this was far better and gave better insight into the Chinese history. If you pick any history of China makes this a must!Published on March 13, 2013 by James M. Hammond
Here are a couple points to keep in mind.
1) China is roughly the same size as the US
2) China had civilization before the US
1 + 2 = china has more... Read more