The Story of China: A portrait of a civilisation and its people (Hardback)
  • The Story of China: A portrait of a civilisation and its people (Hardback)
zoom

The Story of China: A portrait of a civilisation and its people (Hardback)

(author)
1 Review Sign in to write a review
£30.00
Hardback 624 Pages / Published: 03/09/2020
  • Not available

Currently unavailable

Email me when available

Stay one step ahead and let us notify you when this item is next available to order

Waterstones Says

Drawing from court cases, correspondence and archeological findings, Wood brings to life the rich and dramatic narrative of the world’s oldest enduring civilisation. 

China's story is extraordinarily rich and dramatic. Now Michael Wood, one of the UK's pre-eminent historians, brings it all together in a major new one-volume history of China that is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand its burgeoning role in our world today.

China is the oldest living civilisation on earth, but its history is still surprisingly little known in the wider world. Michael Wood's sparkling narrative, which mingles the grand sweep with local and personal stories, woven together with the author's own travel journals, is an enthralling account of China's 4000-year-old tradition, taking in life stationed on the Great Wall or inside the Forbidden City. The story is enriched with the latest archaeological and documentary discoveries; correspondence and court cases going back to the Qin and Han dynasties; family letters from soldiers in the real-life Terracotta Army; stories from Silk Road merchants and Buddhist travellers, along with memoirs and diaries of emperors, poets and peasants.

In the modern era, the book is full of new insights, with the electrifying manifestos of the feminist revolutionaries Qiu Jin and He Zhen, extraordinary eye-witness accounts of the Japanese invasion, the Great Famine and the Cultural Revolution under Chairman Mao, and fascinating newly published sources for the great turning points in China's modern history, including the Tiananmen Square crisis of 1989, and the new order of President Xi Jinping.

A compelling portrait of a single civilisation over an immense period of time, the book is full of intimate detail and colourful voices, taking us from the desolate Mongolian steppes to the ultra-modern world of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. It also asks what were the forces that have kept China together for so long? Why was China overtaken by the west after the 18th century? What lies behind China's extraordinary rise today? The Story of China tells a thrilling story of intense drama, fabulous creativity and deep humanity; a portrait of a country that will be of the greatest importance to the world in the twenty-first century.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9781471176012
Number of pages: 624
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 44 mm

You may also be interested in...

The Bookseller Of Kabul
Added to basket
India
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Trojan War
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Road of Bones
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
A Brief History of the Samurai
Added to basket
Chickenhawk
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Genghis Khan
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Underground
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
China's War with Japan, 1937-1945
Added to basket
The Rape of Nanking
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Dispatches
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Great Game
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Opium War
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Story of India
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
China
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Samurai
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback

“Everything you ever wanted to know about the history of China”

This book is well written and takes you through the history and development of China to the present day. By reading it you become aware of how ephemeral civilisations like our own today are. It gives you a sense that... More

Paperback edition
1 similar book recommended
Helpful? Upvote 3

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.