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China in World History, Third Edition 3rd Edition
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This guy is an idea man. He's not very good at explaining the details he assaults you with, but he is a master at connecting the dots between various historical eras and venues. And not just the major dots either, but seemingly all of the tiny dots in between. In fact, this is more a book about world history than about China per se.
Just a couple of examples. On page 296 he references a letter by a French priest describing the labor process in the manufacture of Chinese porcelain and cites it as a possible source for Adam Smith's concept of the "division of labor." Then on page 371 he cites an account of drilling for brine in Sichuan province as a possible source for the first commercial drilling of oil in Pennsylvania. And these aren't just isolated examples. It seems like every page contains one or two of these surprising little revelations.
Which leads to an obvious question: Can one man really know so much about seemingly everything that has happened in the last two or three millenia? Either this man has one of the most brilliant minds in the world or he is an utter sham. But since I can't point my finger at anything to prove he is a sham -- and in some of the areas he covers I do have more than just a passing knowledge -- I have to conclude that it is more likely the former.Read more ›
I know I will refer to this work often for many years to come, a brilliant introduction to China, and History, if you are looking for one.
Even if you are familar with other works touching on this theme, you will continue to find this a generous banquet.
One is grateful for an historian who neglected to attend departmental meetings, and simply got on with the job. An inspiring read.