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A Brave New China. The big Change

by Francesco Sisci

How the Chinese look at themselves, the world, and the challenges of the future. Where is China, What is China: Where are the traditional pigtails of the old mandarins, the Mao’s bicycles and his suits? Where...


Myths and Legends of China

by Edward Theodore Chalmers Werner

First published in 1922, "Myths and Legends of China" is a fascinating and comprehensive collection of Chinese myths and legends in which Edward Theodore Chalmers Werner drew upon material readily available...


Chinese Occultism

by Paul Carus

First published in 1907, "Chinese Occultism" is an extended excerpt from a collection of essays by Paul Carus on Chinese topics. 

Carus discusses the I Ching and other methods of divination, the five Chinese...


Confucianism and its Rivals

by Herbert Allen Giles

China is home to two major world religions, Confucianism and Taoism, and also played an important role in the historical development of a third, Northern Buddhism. Eventually, Confucianism became the state religion,...


China and the Manchus

by Herbert Allen Giles

First published in 1912, Herbert Allen Giles provides in "China and the Manchus" a very short summary of the history of China under the Manchu rule. He covers the historical period from roughly the 17th Century...


America and the China Loan

by Frederick McCormick

American journalist Frederick McCormick, in this article, "America and the China Loan," originally published in the 1911 issue of Scribner's magazine, describes a financial crisis in China in about 1910, when...


The Imperial Capitals of China

by Arthur Cotterell

From the third century B.C. Shang Emperor's obsessive?and fatal?attempts to engage the Immortals with cosmologically pleasing urban planning, Chinese emperors have designed their imperial capitals in ways that...


The Opium War

by Julia Lovell

In October 1839, a Windsor cabinet meeting votes to begin the first Opium War against China. Bureaucratic fumbling, military missteps, and a healthy dose of political opportunism and collaboration followed....


The Art of War

by Sun Tzu

THE ART OF WAR (Chinese: ????; pinyin: S?nz? b?ngf?) is an ancient Chinese military treatise attributed to Sun Tzu, a high-ranking military general, strategist and tactician, and kindred to the Realpolitik of...


Mythology

by Jane Hampton

This is your lucky day! You just got a book of 3 manuscripts for a discounted price. Do yourself a favor and pick up this fascinating account of Chinese folklore and mythology, which includes the following three...


Chinese Mythology

by Jane Hampton

In this book in the series, the most important legends from China will come to light. You will read about the famous monkey who became a god through his clever trickery and struggles, for instance. This is an...


Chinese Mythology

by Jane Hampton

Have you ever heard about the Old Mother of Waters? How about Miao Shan? Or the medicine god?

The Chinese had so many gods that it was probably a huge task to remember or memorize them all. For almost everything,...


Chinese Mythology

by Jane Hampton

As you begin to read or listen to this book, you will become familiar with all the gods and goddesses of Chinese culture. The historical context will become clear, as well as the institutions, the law, the rules...


Fusang

by Charles G. Leland

"Fusang" (Or, "The Discovery of America by Chinese Buddhist Priests in the Fifth Century"),  was first published in 1875 and  analyses the limited evidence from the works of early Chinese historians that explorers...


New Forces in Old China: An Inevitable Awakening

by Arthur Judson Brown

The object of this book is to describe the operation upon and within old, conservative, exclusive China of the three great transforming forces of the modern world - Western trade, Western politics and Western...


Chinese Spies

by Roger Faligot & Natasha Lehrer

In 1920s Shanghai, Zhou Enlai founded the first Chinese communist spy network, operating in the shadows against nationalists, Western powers and the Japanese. The story of Chinese spies has been a global one...


Striking to Survive

by Ellen Friedman & Eli Friedman

Workers in the export-processing zones of the Pearl River Delta (PRD) could be regarded as representatives of tChina's new working class. The author has conducted continuous observation, documentation and analysis...


The Little Yellow Book

by Julie O'yang & Fernando Eloy

300+ quotations in 182 pages, from one of the most powerful men in the world today. It also includes the story of "Xi Dada", a foreword, more than thirty notes, plus songs and poems. Out of hundreds of speeches,...


Modern China

by Bruce A. Elleman & S. C. M. Paine

Now in a fully updated edition, this accessible text provides a balanced history of modern China in a global context. Through years of living and research in China, Taiwan, Japan, and Russia, the authors are...


A Dark Page in History

by Suping Lu

About three weeks after Japanese troops captured Nanjing when the worst of the atrocities was over, American diplomats were allowed to return to the city to re-open their embassy on January 6, 1938. Three days...