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The City Of Heavenly Tranquillity: Beijing In The History Of China
by Jasper Becker (Goodreads Author)
'The City of Heavenly Tranquility' is a summary history of China, told through the story of its capital and greatest cultural centre.
Published July 19th 2012 by Not Avail
(first published June 1st 2009)
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This book was most interesting when talking about Beijing's "Weimar" period - the Republican period - and created an image of the city which is hard to imagine now: amidst mass urban decay the sense that residents were still at the center of the world, in a city known for relaxed morals and heightened creativity. Unfortunately, the book later turns into a journalist's rant against the more staid city Beijing is now. What really killed it were the "discussions" of architecture (rambling without a ...more