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This review is from: China in World History, Third Edition (Paperback)
I was originally attracted by the title of the book, but when I browsed through the first chapter a couple of years ago, I became skeptical of its structure, which seemed to be a Procrustes' bed. How could one fit such a broad subject in such a nice way? Recently I started to read it more carefully, because I planned to write on the same subject. I cannot put this book down. I have not been impressed by an author's erudition, originality, insights, and wisdom for a long time. Among numerous experts, I count Adshead among a mere handful of masters. This book has a huge impact on me. On the one hand, it will make it difficult for me to come up with better things to say; on the other, it will guide my research and inspire my interests. No doubt, I will quote him in the future. I had never written a review on the Amazon, but when I realized that he is an emeritus professor, I thought that I would be remiss if I did not express my appreciation for his work. Thank you, Prof. Adshead!