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Imperial China 900-1800 by Frederick W. Mote
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it was amazing
bookshelves: steppe-history, website-widget

The only history of China for me.
For my purposes (steppe study) - he is no less than fantastic on the frontier states or conquest dynasties... right up until the Mongols. I felt let down in that section, and much prefer The Cambridge History of China, Volume 6: Alien Regimes and Border States, 907-1368 as a look at the Mongols in China. Of course the Cambridge has more detail on its period, and after the Cambridge, Mote seems interpretive: you have his views. However, he still gets five stars for Liao, Jurchen and the book in general - yes, even the Chinese stuff. In fact the latter is great; gives you much on the mental life or philosophy and the changes thereof (not in a dull way). For a thousand-page-book, comes close to unputdownable.
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Finished Reading
January 10, 2012 – Shelved
January 10, 2012 – Shelved as: steppe-history
October 26, 2012 – Shelved as: website-widget

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