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

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By Paul S. Ropp

Here's a interesting compact background of chinese language political, monetary, and cultural lifestyles, starting from the origins of civilization in China to the start of the twenty first century. Historian Paul Ropp combines brilliant story-telling with astute research to make clear a number of the better questions of chinese language background. what's detailed approximately China compared to different civilizations? What were the most important alterations and continuities in chinese language lifestyles during the last 4 millennia? delivering an international viewpoint, the e-book indicates how China's nomadic acquaintances to the north and west motivated a lot of the political, army, or even cultural historical past of China. Ropp additionally examines Sino-Indian family members, highlighting the effect 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 at the present time, and feature coloured China's belief of its personal position in international history.

"Anyone who has attempted to write down on any subject on the topic of China for a extensive readership will quite simply have the capacity to relish Paul Ropp's success right here in telling the complete tale from Yao to Mao and past in good less than two hundred pages." --Bulletin of the varsity 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: trying to find Shuangqing, China's Peasant girl Poet.

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In reality, merchants often became quite wealthy, and when they did they saw to it that their sons or grandsons received the classical education that would allow them entrance into the highest status group of scholar-officials. For most of its history, the Han government achieved a workable balance between central control and local autonomy. Officials were recruited through a system of recommendation by people already working in the government, but all officials were required to study the texts of Confucianism.

It became increasingly clear that a state’s capacity to mobilize armed, disciplined, and well-fed warriors determined the outcome of battles far more than any ancestral spirits. There were at least 148 small states in the eighth century bce, but by about 400 bce only seven major states remained, along with several small ones that managed to survive by allying with powerful neighbors or playing their larger neighbors against each other. During this time, every state sought out the best political and military advice it could find, and everyone understood that the surviving states were engaged in a lethal competition for control of ever larger areas.

In 124 ce, court eunuchs managed to place an infant on the throne so they could control state affairs in his name. 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.

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