China's Last Empire: The Great Qing (History of Imperial China)

China's Last Empire: The Great Qing (History of Imperial China)

In a brisk revisionist history, William Rowe challenges the standard narrative of Qing China as a decadent, inward-looking state that failed to keep pace with the modern West.The Great Qing was the second major Chinese empire ruled by foreigners. Three strong Manchu emperors worked diligently to secure an alliance with the conquered Ming gentry, though many of their social edicts―especially the requirement that ethnic Han men wear queues―were fiercely resisted. As advocates of a “universal” empire, Qing rulers also achieved an enormous expansion of the Chinese realm over the course of three centuries, including the conquest and incorporation of Turkic and Tibetan peoples in the west, vast migration into the southwest, and the colonization of Taiwan. Despite this geographic range and the accompanying social and economic complexity, the Qing ideal of “small government” worked well when outside threats were minimal. But the nineteenth-century Opium Wars forced China to become a player in a predatory international contest involving Western powers, while the devastating uprisings of the Taiping and Boxer rebellions signaled an urgent need for internal reform. Comprehensive state-mandated changes during the early twentieth century were not enough to hold back the nationalis...

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China's Last Empire: The Great Qing (History of Imperial China) 1st (first) Edition by Rowe, William T. (2009)

China's Last Empire: The Great Qing (History of Imperial China) 1st (first) Edition by Rowe, William T. (2009)

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The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution

The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution

 “A milestone in Western studies of China.” (John K. Fairbank) In this masterful, highly original approach to modern Chinese history, Jonathan D. Spence shows us the Chinese revolution through the eyes of its most articulate participants—the writers, historians, philosophers, and insurrectionists who shaped and were shaped by the turbulent events of the twentieth century. By skillfully combining literary materials with more conventional sources of political and social history, Spence provides an unparalleled look at China and her people and offers valuable insight into the continuing conflict between the implacable power of the state and the strivings of China's artists, writers, and thinkers.

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Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China's Last Golden Age

Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China's Last Golden Age

As China reclaims its position as a world power, Imperial Twilight looks back to tell the story of the country's last age of ascendance and how it came to an end in the nineteenth-century Opium War.When Britain launched its first war on China in 1839, pushed into hostilities by profiteering drug merchants and free-trade interests, it sealed the fate of what had long been seen as the most prosperous and powerful empire in Asia, if not the world. But internal problems of corruption, popular unrest, and dwindling finances had weakened China far more than was commonly understood, and the war would help set in motion the eventual fall of the Qing dynasty--which, in turn, would lead to the rise of nationalism and communism in the twentieth century. As one of the most potent turning points in the country's modern history, the Opium War has since come to stand for everything that today's China seeks to put behind it.In this dramatic, epic story, award-winning historian Stephen Platt sheds new light on the early attempts by Western traders and missionaries to "open" China--traveling mostly in secret beyond Canton, the single port where they were allowed--even as China's imperial rulers were struggling to manage their country's decline and Confucian scholars grappled with how to use foreig...

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China's Asian Dream: Empire Building along the New Silk Road

China's Asian Dream: Empire Building along the New Silk Road

"China", Napoleon once remarked, "is a sleeping lion. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will shake the world." In 2014, President Xi Jinping triumphantly declared the lion had awakened. Under his leadership, China is pursuing a dream to restore its historical position as the dominant power in Asia.From the Mekong River Basin to the Central Asian steppe, China is flexing its economic muscles for strategic ends. By setting up new regional financial institutions, Beijing is challenging the post-World War II order established under the watchful eye of Washington. And by funding and building roads, railways, ports and power lines—a New Silk Road across Eurasia and through the South China Sea and Indian Ocean—China aims to draw its neighbours ever tighter into its embrace.Combining a geopolitical overview with on-the-ground reportage from a dozen countries, China’s Asian Dream offers a fresh perspective on the rise of China’ and asks: what does it means for the future of Asia?

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The Decisive Battles of World History

The Decisive Battles of World History

Throughout history, military engagements have altered the course of historical events, causing major changes both on a global scale (the battles of Yarmouk & al-Qadisiyyah in 636 determined the religious/linguistic orientation of the Middle East that persists today) as well as within individual cultures (the 1836 battle of San Jacinto gave the United States nearly one-third of its continental territory). For these reasons and more, the study of pivotal battles is a highly useful analytical tool and an important component for understanding world history. In these 36 dynamic lectures, Professor Aldrete leads you in discovering the military conflicts that have had the greatest impact in shifting the direction of events and defining our world. Across 4,000 years of history, you'll explore nearly 40 key military engagements, from the milestone battles of Western civilization to their counterparts in the Middle East, India, and Asia. Through his dramatic and evocative descriptions, using special maps and animations, Professor Aldrete brings the events vividly alive, taking you through the moment-by-moment unfolding of each battle. Throughout the lectures, he uncovers fascinating background material that highlights the drama, poignancy, and scope of the experience of war. This engross...

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Wonders of the World Dot-to-Dot

Wonders of the World Dot-to-Dot

Discover the Best Humankind Has to Offer . . . One Dot at a TimeIf you think it's as easy as connecting the dots, think again! These 110 dot-to-dot puzzles require concentration and a steady hand as you recreate the masterpieces of mankind. With more than 30,000 dots to connect, including clues to help and faux dots to further confound, this book provides hours of captivating fun for anyone looking to take their dot-to-dot game to the next extreme level. Colored interiors really make your puzzles pop, and the color answer guide in the back brings your work to life. From landmarks, archeological feats, and skyscrapers, to inventions, works of art, and vehicles, these puzzles cover the full scope of human accomplishment. Puzzles range from easy to very challenging, and the solutions appear in the back of the book along with full-color photos of the scene.

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Hong Kong: The Last Prize of Empire

Hong Kong: The Last Prize of Empire

Last Prize documents the values of Hong Kong's colonial past and reflects them with striking images of Hong Kong today as it shapes its future as part of the China of tomorrow. The colonial island of Hong Kong began its dramatic transformation as one of the spoils of the notorious Opium Wars, but its dubious birth was soon forgotten as the fast-growing entrept became one of the glittering prizes of Empire. This award-winning book, now in its 4th revised edition matches and contrasts sepia images of early Hong Kong with breathtaking contemporary photography.

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CHINA'S LAST EMPIRE: The Art and Culture of the Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911

CHINA'S LAST EMPIRE: The Art and Culture of the Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911

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China's Last Empire: The Great Qing (History of Imperial China) 1st Edition by Rowe, William T. published by Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

China's Last Empire: The Great Qing (History of Imperial China) 1st Edition by Rowe, William T. published by Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

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