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An Introduction to Chinese History and Culture


Part of the China Academic Library book series (CHINALIBR)

About this book


This book breaks with convention and provides an overview of Chinese history in the form of special topics. These topics include the major issues of “A Scientific Approach to the Origins of Chinese Civilization,” “Ancient Chinese Society and the Change of Dynasties,” “The Golden Ages of the Han, Tang and Qing Dynasties: a Comparative Analysis,” “Transportation Systems and Cultural Communication in Ancient China,” “Ethnic Relations in Chinese History,”“The Systems of Politics, Law and Selecting Officials in Ancient China,”“Agriculture, Handicraft and Commerce in Ancient China,” “The Military Thought and Military Systems of Ancient China,” “The Rich and Colorful Social Life in Ancient China,” “The Evolution of Ancient Chinese Thought,” “The Treasure House of Ancient Chinese Literature and Art,” “The Emergence and Progress of Ancient Chinese Historiography,” “Reflection on Ancient Chinese Science and Technology,” “New Issues in the Modern History of China,” and “A General Progression to the Socialist Modernization of the People’s Republic of China.”

The book is based on current literature and research by university students. The modern history section is relatively concise, while the topics related to ancient Chinese history are longer, reflecting the country’s rich history and corresponding wealth of materials. There is also an in-depth discussion on the socialist modernization of the People’s Republic of China.

The book provides insights into Chinese history, allowing readers “to see the value of civilization through history; to see the preciseness of history through civilization.”  It focuses on the social background, lifestyle and development processes to illustrate ideologies and ideas.


Ancient Chinese Society Ancient Chinese Thought Chinese Civilization Colorful Social Life Cultural Communication Ethnic Relations Military Systems

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Northwest UniversityXi'anChina

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title An Introduction to Chinese History and Culture
  • Authors Qizhi Zhang
  • Series Title China Academic Library
  • Series Abbreviated Title China Academic Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Foreign Language Teaching and Research Publishing Co., Ltd and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-662-46481-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-51507-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-46482-3
  • Series ISSN 2195-1853
  • Series E-ISSN 2195-1861
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 467
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cultural Studies
    History, general
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