A Chinese History Reader by Xiaoyu Sun

By Xiaoyu Sun

This e-book offers a concise advent to the chinese language heritage, overlaying decades span extending from antiquity throughout the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty. old classes elaborated contain the pre-Qin interval; the Qin and Han Dynasties; the Wei, Jin, and Southern and northern Dynasties; the Tang, track, and Yuan Dynasties; and the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Written via a bunch of historians from the celebrated chinese language Academy of Social Sciences, the e-book has included many of the most modern learn findings within the box of chinese language old studies.

- All significant chinese language dynasties are coated in a concise demeanour. Encounters with the trendy period also are explored, along with beginning with the traditional Age in China.
- The authors supply newest study findings, giving perception to the fascinating chinese language history.
- This e-book additionally positive aspects many proper images and illustrations to aid readers comprehend the themes better.

1. the traditional Age.
2. japanese Zhou Dynasty.
3. The Qin and Han Dynasties.
4. The Wei, Jin, and Southern and northern Dynasties.
5. The Tang, music, and Yuan Dynasties.
6. The Ming and Qing Dynasties.
7. The past due Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China.

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In his forty years as prime minister, Guan Zhong carried out a series of reforms in economic, political, and military fields, and was an outstanding politician of the early Spring and Autumn Period. To develop the economy, Guan Zhong broke the limits of the Jingtianzhi (the well-field system) by implementing a land grading-based taxation measure, which greatly increased the utilization of less fertile land. As the Qi state was adjacent to the sea in the east, Guan Zhong encouraged the trades of fishing and salt production, appointed salt and iron officials, and used state power to encourage the production of salt and iron.

In order to destroy the vertical alliance and pave the way for its eastward advance, Qin took advantage of the internal conflicts among the six states, and adopted the policy of “connect with the far, attack those close,” which meant befriending the distant enemy while attacking a nearby enemy and defeating other states one by one. The policy was called Lianheng (horizontal alliance). Many tacticians, collectively known as Zonghengjia, travelled around the states, advising the rulers to put their ideas into practice, such as Gongsun Yan of Wei state and Su Qin from Luoyang.

All these innovations greatly strengthened the national power of the Qi state. In the early Spring and Autumn Period, Duke Huan of Qi held the hegemonic state. 46 A CHINESE HISTORY READER Upholding the principle of “respecting the king and defending the state against the barbarians,” Guan Zhong assisted Duke Huan in uniting the neighboring northern countries to resist the invasion of people from the Shanrong nation. He once sent armies to relieve the states of Xing, Wei, and Yan, making great contributions to protecting the advanced economy and culture of the Central Plains region from the plunder and ravage of the barbarian tribes.

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