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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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Ford
Jul 06, 2012 Ford rated it really liked it
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.
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Mar 02, 2014 António rated it it was amazing
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.
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Jun 30, 2008 Thomas rated it did not like it
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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.
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Sep 28, 2009 Emma rated it really liked it
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.
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