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Fairly good one vol history of China
on April 30, 2017
Not a bad one vol history of China, the author's opinions do flicker thru especially on the track of dynasties (all seem to start out good and strong and then decline--some rapidly such as the Mongols). The author gets quite wordy at times though often he (I think ) attempts humor and sometimes succeeds. I like the way he provides tables of different rulers thru the book and the maps he provides are good, I just wish he had included more. Also a table of city names would have been nice (as they changed or were misidentified--Marco Polo- -thru the years).The author seems to skim over the British opium trade and also most of Mao's excesses, I am not sure the greatest killer of the 20 th century deserved the description from this book.
However, this is not a bad one vol history, I agree with some other reviewers that this should probably not be the readers first exposure to China and far eastern history. Also personally I like to flip back and forth from notes, bibliography and index I think a hard copy of the book might be better than the ebook--though I did like the way this e book treated footnotes. Also this is not a light read, thought provoking but not light.