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China is the most populous country on earth, with the longest history of any modern nation. Here, the full range of Chinese cultural and scientific achievements, as well as its military conquests, wars, rebellions, and political and philosophical movements, are told through the eyes of real people who created or were involved in them.The subjects include emperors and empreChina is the most populous country on earth, with the longest history of any modern nation. Here, the full range of Chinese cultural and scientific achievements, as well as its military conquests, wars, rebellions, and political and philosophical movements, are told through the eyes of real people who created or were involved in them.The subjects include emperors and empresses, concubines, officials and political figures, rebels, exiles, philosophers, writers and poets, artists, musicians, scientists, military leaders, and committed pacifists. From Fu Hao, an early warrior lady of the thirteenth century BC, to the late twentieth-century leader Deng Xiaoping, their careers, achievements, misdeeds, disasters, punishments, ideas and love stories make this an unforgettable read.Illustrated with portraits, paintings, written documents, bronzes, sculptures, and location maps, and written in an authoritative yet accessible style, Chinese Lives provides the perfect introduction to China's history and her peoples....

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ISBN : 9780500251928
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 232 Pages
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  • Lisa
    2019-02-28 20:04

    China is becoming ever more important in world affairs, and for Australians, the inclusion of Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia as a curriculum priority for all students of all ages, means that teachers need to get up to speed with a multiplicity of countries, their cultures and histories.That’s where a book like Chinese Lives, the People Who Made a Civilization is so very useful. The blurb at Fishpond has this to say:China is the most populous country on earth, with the longest history of any modern nation. In the 21st century, it is clear that China’s future, as a political and economic world power, is set to be as significant as its past, and its achievements still depend upon its people. This book tells the story of China through 96 short biographies. We see the range of Chinese cultural and scientific achievements, as well as its military conquests, wars, rebellions and political and philosophical movements, through the eyes of real people who created or were caught up by them. Here is a colourful array of very different men and women: emperors and empresses, concubines, officials and political figures, rebels, exiles, philosophers, writers and poets, artists, musicians, scientists, military leaders and committed pacifists. Their careers, achievements, misdeeds, disasters, punishments, ideas and love stories make this an unforgettable read. The expert authors have drawn on a huge range of sources to assemble information about the widest possible range of individuals from all periods and parts of China, from an early warrior lady of the 13th century BC, Fu Hao, to the late-20th-century Communist leader Deng Xiaoping.Dream of the Red Chamber (Real Reads)What is so useful for busy teachers is that these short biographies really are short – only 2-3 pages long at the most, so they are quick and easy to read. It’s a book made for dipping into, so although it’s handy that the Table of Contents lists the subjects by Chinese dynasty, i.e. corresponding to chronological sequence, it’s a pity that there isn’t also a listing by occupation. I had to browse through it to find my first ‘pearl’ which was a bio of Cao Xueqin, said to be China’s greatest author, who has a status similar to Shakespeare in English-speaking countries. It was a quick and easy task to whip up a potted version simple enough for my Year 5 & 6 students who are about to embark on a Biography project, and it was also quick and easy to find a children’s version of Cao Xueqin’s novel, Dream of the Red Chamber (Real Reads) which I have ordered for our school library.Mind you, it was not exactly a hardship to browse through the book to find interesting people worth knowing about. And what this experience made me realise was that whereas every school kid knows the famous names of western civilization (Benjamin Franklin, Marie Curie, Einstein, Jane Austen, Beethoven et al) and adults would be thought ignorant if they did not know who these people were, we in the West (apart from a few Sinophiles) have absolutely no idea about the comparable roll-call in China, one of the most advanced and enduring civilizations in history, and one that now matters to us all. (Notwithstanding aspects of China that we don’t like, such as its appalling human rights record, its censorship and the dreadful conditions under which its workers create the cheap goods that we are forced to buy because Chinese manufacturing has put our own manufacturing industries out of business.)To see the rest of my review please visit http://anzlitlovers.com/2013/07/08/ch...

  • Mel
    2019-03-14 23:50

    I found this the other weekend at the British Library. It is by two historians that I really like, Victor Mair and Frances Wood. It's been years since I learned anything by reading a popular history book on China but decided to buy this one anyway as it had lots of nice illustrations throughout. I thought this might be a good book to be able to recommend to people who are interested in learning about Chinese history. I think this would make a nice book to accompany a more general political history of China. One of the things that impressed me the most was that it was balanced throughout all of Chinese history. There was as much emphasis on the early Imperial times as there was in later dynasties and the modern period. The biographies were quite short but definitely are good starting points to learn more and offer opportunities for further study for people who seem particularly interesting. Of the 96 biographies given only 3 were people I'd not heard of before but I was still interested. Some of the writing seemed a little dry at times but that could just be because I was familiar with the material. Overall it was a nice quick read and very enjoyable. Definitely one I'd recommend to people who were interested in learning about Chinese history but didn't know where to start.

  • Low Keng onn
    2019-02-23 22:03

    Brilliantly summarized of some of the most influential and notable people that has made china to what it is.