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Beijing: From Imperial Capital to Olympic City

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Few world cities have a record as long, as fascinating, or as well-documented as Beijing's. A capital almost continuously for more than a thousand years, the city has been Khubilai Khan's Mongol headquarters, home to emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties, and the main stage for Communist-era achievements and upheavals. Beijing is the first book in English to trace this v ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published May 29th 2007)
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The book is not only about Beijing, but also about the history of the chinese empire. It give me insight about the culture, the costumes from its inception until the last century.
Excellent history of Beijing that could be read in a weekend. Even cooler was seeing a man that gave me a tour of Matteo Ricci's tomb (Dr. Yu Sanle) being listed cited as a source in the bibliography.
Impressive account of the history of Beijing. Fascinating details and personal accounts abound in a thoroughly researched history of one of the most important and controversial cities in the world.
The city has a fascinating history. But this book has too many authors -- what I call the 'text book effect' -- simply that stories produced by committee tend to suck.
It is by Beth's mom. Of course it is good. Dr. Dray-Novey doesn't screw around.
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