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China - An Historical Chronology

A long and mysterious 5,000 year history:

From pre-history to the present day, The China Historical Chronology records the significant moments and notable people in the history of the Middle Kingdom, correlating them with contemporary world events. Generously illustrated with elegant maps that chart the ebb and flow of the territorial extent of the dynasties of this ancient civilisation, the chronology spans 2500BC to the 21st century in an easy-to-read format.

The maps cover everything from the formation of states and empires, migration of peoples, trade routes, the rise and decline of colonialism, to political developments of the post-colonial era. The introduction to the chronology provides brief backgrounds to each of the individual maps: the emergence, decline and downfall of states and empires; territorial changes; border conflicts; expeditions; wars and so forth. Wherever relevant, the sections of the introduction are followed by dynastic lists.

Cameo sketches capture essential biographical details of the many eminent people who have contributed to the development of China and the enrichment of her history. Among them, there are emperors such as Li Shimin (emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty), philosophers like Confucius, and great patriotic poets like Qu Yuan.

Paul Wheatley (1921-1999) wrote the prefatory essay for the 1966 map on which this chronology is based. He was Professor of History and Geography, 1959-1966 and chaired the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley during those years. Paul Wheatley enjoyed studying Chinese urban development, especially the designs of the Chinese city. The pre-modern capital cities were basically designed as microcosms of the universe, places joining the heavens to the underworld and the middle world, with explicit attempts to observe the natural world and to reproduce it.

Remarks

+ Represents the historical development of Cathay-China from the earliest times to the present with dynastic lists or lists of governors, presidents, prime-ministers and other dignitaries

+ Covers everything from the formation of states and empires, migration of peoples, trade routes, the rise and decline of colonialism, to political developments of the post-colonial era; the emergence, decline and downfall of states and empires; territorial changes; border conflicts; expeditions; wars

+ Includes a map of the Ch'ing (Manchu) Dynasty ca 1900 showing the location and opening dates of the "treaty ports"

+ Based on an earlier map "An historical atlas of China" prepared by Albert Herrman, (1886-1945), Professor der Geschichte und der Geographie in Berlin. (Chicago: Aldine Publishing Company, 1966)

+ An indispensable tool for the study of history that permits a quick understanding of the movements of peoples, the size and expansion of states, the spread of religions, the courses of military campaigns and the trajectory of trade routes, the relative historical importance of particular towns, rivers, or mountain ranges

+ Bibliography arranged by geographical area

+ Two indexes: one of personal names occurring in the text and one of geographical names in the maps and in the text

+ Provides an historical backdrop to this rising super power of the 21st century

+ Suitable for business people who are keen to brush up on Chinese history before they embark on a trip to the Orient through to scholars with a penchant for wall maps

+ Ideal for display in libraries, the home study or the office for personal pleasure

+ Represents the historical development of Cathay-China from the earliest times to the present, with dynastic lists of governors, presidents, prime-ministers and other dignitaries

+ Covers everything from the formation of states and empires, migration of peoples, trade routes, the rise and decline of colonialism, to political developments of the post-colonial era; the emergence, decline and downfall of states and empires; territorial changes; border conflicts; expeditions and wars

+ Includes a map of the Qing (Manchu) Dynasty ca 1900 showing the location and opening dates of the "treaty ports"

+ Based on an earlier map An historical atlas of China prepared by Albert Herrman, (1886-1945), Professor der Geschichte und der Geographie in Berlin. (Chicago: Aldine Publishing Company, 1966)

+ An indispensable tool for the study of history that permits a quick understanding of the movements of peoples, the size and expansion of states, the spread of religions, the courses of military campaigns and the trajectory of trade routes, the relative historical importance of particular towns, rivers, or mountain ranges

+ Bibliography arranged by geographical area

+ Index of personal names occurring in the text and one of geographical names in the maps and in the text

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Specifications

Publication Date : March 2007
Category : HISTORY/Travel
Paperback ISBN 13 : 978-962-217-782-6
Edition : First Edition
Paperback Price : US$ 12.95, GB£ 9.99
Format : 10in x 7in
Pages : 1

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