China Condensed: 5,000 Years of History & Culture

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Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd, Apr 15, 2011 - History - 177 pages
About five thousand years ago, the fertile flatlands of the middle Yellow River slowly emerged and grew to what we know today as China. Throughout the millennia, this civilisation has slowly evolved to be one of the world’s biggest economy to reckon with today. This book is a quick introduction to China, with the major part being devoted to its long history. The reader is taken on an insightful journey through the dynasties and learns first hand the major evolutionary changes in almost every aspect of China’s development, particularly in arts and culture.This compact and accessible book successfully condenses five millennia of Chinese history and civilisation. More than a dry recitation of dates, names and events, the book coves a wide range of interesting topics such as the mythical beginnings of China, Chinese stories and legends, traditional Chinese medicine and more current facts and observations
 

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Contents

MAP OF CHINA
14
H I S T O R Y
16
TRADITIONAL SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT
90
R E L I G I O N S
98
PEOPLE AND LANGUAGES
108
TRADITIONAL LITERATURE
114
INTERESTING PROVERBS
126
ARTS AND CRAFTS
132
INVENTIONS AND MEDICINE
138
THE CHINESE CALENDAR AND TRADITIONAL FESTIVALS
146
THE RESURGENCE OF CHINA
154
B I B L I O G R A P H Y
160
ABOUT THE Author
164
I N D E X
167
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