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A Chinese History Reader by Xiaoyu Sun

By Xiaoyu Sun

This publication offers a concise advent to the chinese language historical past, protecting many years span extending from antiquity throughout the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty. old classes elaborated comprise the pre-Qin interval; the Qin and Han Dynasties; the Wei, Jin, and Southern and northerly Dynasties; the Tang, track, and Yuan Dynasties; and the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Written by means of a bunch of historians from the distinguished chinese language Academy of Social Sciences, the e-book has integrated many of the newest study findings within the box of chinese language historic studies.

- All significant chinese language dynasties are lined in a concise demeanour. Encounters with the trendy period also are explored, in addition to beginning with the traditional Age in China.
- The authors supply newest examine findings, giving perception to the interesting chinese language history.
- This e-book additionally beneficial properties many appropriate images and illustrations to aid readers comprehend the subjects better.

1. the traditional Age.
2. jap Zhou Dynasty.
3. The Qin and Han Dynasties.
4. The Wei, Jin, and Southern and northerly Dynasties.
5. The Tang, track, and Yuan Dynasties.
6. The Ming and Qing Dynasties.
7. The overdue Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China.

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Duke Hui was ferocious. After he ascended the throne, he killed many court officials. He continued to persecute Chong’er. He killed all those people suspected to be connected with princes Shen Sheng and Chong’er. He also betrayed his promises and was devoid of gratitude. While living in exile, he had promised Duke Mu of the state of Qin that he would give Qin five cities as a token of his gratitude to Qin after he ascended the throne. But after he returned to Jin with the escort of Qin’s army and became the sovereign of Jin, he did not give the cities as he had promised.

Chong’er and his retainers settled in Chu. He was often invited to have dinner with the duke. One day, Duke Cheng of Chu gave a banquet in honor of Chong’er. ” Duke Cheng said, “You are too modest. ” Chong’er 36 A CHINESE HISTORY READER answered with a smile, “If I were fortunate enough to return to the state of Jin and become its ruler, the state of Jin would be friendly to the state of Chu. If one day there should be a war between the two states, I would definitely order my troops to retreat three she as a condition for peace.

It also records events in ancient times such as Yao, Shun, and Yu the Great. Yijing (the Book of Changes) is the earliest book of divination from China. It expounds many complex relationships Shangshu such as Yin and Yang, and embodies the wisdom of the simple truths of the ancestors. Yijing had a great impact on almost all important thinkers and schools of thought in ancient China. Some concepts in the book, such as “just as heaven maintains vigor through movement, so a gentleman should constantly strive for self-perfection,” have a great bearing on the national character and spirit of the Chinese people.

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