Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A History of China” as Want to Read:
A History of China
This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.
Kindle Edition, 392 pages
Published May 17th 2012
(first published 1960)
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Wolfram Eberhard's "A History of China" is the first (and only, thus far) historical work on China that I've read- and being that I knew nothing of China's history before starting this, my expectations weren't very high. Let me first announce that this particular volume can be read for free, either through Project Gutenberg or on the Amazon Kindle marketplace (though one version costs some money, and it includes the images that Eberhard used which are not in the free edition... go figure). That ...more
This book is currently (mid-2016) a free Kindle download from Amazon, and it's worth every penny. I got it because I wanted a short survey of Chinese history, as I was sorely lacking in that department, and this pretty much worked for that. It's hard to condense thousands of years of history into one volume, and this book has the added disadvantage of using an outdated Romanization system for names, which can make it hard to compare with other sources. Finally, it doesn't have any maps and such ...more
A good *second* book to read as an introduction to the history of China. A bit too detailed for a first book, but works excellently, if one already has some idea of the major dynasties etc. The book strikes the right balance of presenting facts and reasons/causes.
This is a well written, thoroughly researched history book. It really goes into detail. Some things that I didn't understand before I do now. If you really want to understand the present you need to understand the past and that's the concept this book has been written with.
Share This Book
“For example, a telegram is a "lightning-letter"; a wireless telegram is a "not-have-wire-lightning-communication"; a fountain-pen is a "self-flow-ink-water-brush"; a typewriter is a "strike-letter-machine". Most of these neologisms are similar in the modern languages of China and Japan.”More quotes…