China in World History (The New Oxford World History) by Paul S. Ropp

By Paul S. Ropp

Here's a attention-grabbing compact historical past of chinese language political, financial, and cultural existence, starting from the origins of civilization in China to the start of the twenty first century. Historian Paul Ropp combines shiny story-telling with astute research to make clear the various greater questions of chinese language heritage. what's targeted approximately China compared to different civilizations? What were the foremost adjustments and continuities in chinese language existence over the last 4 millennia? delivering a world viewpoint, the publication indicates how China's nomadic buddies to the north and west inspired a lot of the political, army, or even cultural background of China. Ropp additionally examines Sino-Indian kinfolk, highlighting the influence of the thriving alternate among India and China in addition to the profound impact of Indian Buddhism on chinese language lifestyles. ultimately, the writer discusses the humiliation of China by the hands of Western powers and Japan, explaining how those fresh occasions have formed China's quest for wealth, energy and recognize this present day, and feature coloured China's belief of its personal position in international history.

"Anyone who has attempted to write down on any subject regarding China for a huge readership will easily be capable of have fun with Paul Ropp's fulfillment right here in telling the full tale from Yao to Mao and past in good lower than two hundred pages." --Bulletin of the college of Oriental and African Studies

About the Author
Paul S. Ropp is the Andrea and Peter Klein Professor of background at Clark college and writer of Banished Immortal: looking for Shuangqing, China's Peasant girl Poet.

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Similarly, The Intrigues of the Warring States, a collection of (often fictionalized) anecdotes, describes interstate conflict and competition from 403 to 221 bce, giving that period the apt name of the Warring States, when the Zhou court held power only in a tiny enclave surrounded by larger states including Chu to the south, Wei to the north, and Qin to the west. The Zhou realm was finally extinguished entirely by the powerful Qin in 256 bce. During the turmoil of the Warring States period, independent states mobilized large numbers of commoners to build walls, dams, dikes, and irrigation canals and by these means to increase agricultural productivity dramatically (growing millet, wheat, soybeans, and rice) in order to support standing armies of up to several hundred thousand.

In 159 ce, they helped an emperor execute the entire family of the powerful mother of his predecessor. The eunuchs led a series of purges in 166 and 169 in which they killed or exiled thousands of officials from the civil bureaucracy. All of this turmoil at the court only intensified the weakness of the Han central government, as military leaders in outlying regions paid less and less attention to their “superiors” in the capital, and wealthy families found more and more ways to avoid taxation. Two structural changes in the Eastern Han proved fatal to the dynasty.

At the forefront of the secular and rationalistic tendencies of his own time (at least among the elite), Xunzi gave a completely naturalistic interpretation of nature and its workings. When there were droughts, floods, or hurricanes, these were just the natural arbitrary workings of nature in Xunzi’s view, not the supernatural intervention of Heaven or any divine being. The true omen or portent that signified the loss of the Mandate of Heaven was not a natural disaster but the state’s failed response to it.

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