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By Heisenberg
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Can anyone recommend any good books (i.e. preferably not Orientalist liberal bullshit) on Chinese history? I just realised I know almost nothing about China at all. :lol:

Edit: paging our Dear Leader @Potemkin, since he is essentially a human encyclopedia.
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By Potemkin
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Heisenberg wrote:Can anyone recommend any good books (i.e. preferably not Orientalist liberal bullshit) on Chinese history? I just realised I know almost nothing about China at all. :lol:

Edit: paging our Dear Leader @Potemkin, since he is essentially a human encyclopedia.

China: A History by John Keay

Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 1, Introductory Orientations by Joseph Needham

Red Star Over China by Edgar Snow

And while you're waiting for those books to arrive, start with the Wikipedia page on the Xia Dynasty, and take it from there.... :)
By Pants-of-dog
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I feel like a troglodyte.

My knowledge of Chinese history comes mostly from Shaw Brothers movies. And Tsui Hark, of course.
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By ThirdTerm
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THE ORIGINS OF POLITICAL ORDER : FROM PREHUMAN TIMES TO THE FRENCH REVOLUTION /

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Francis Fukuyama examines the paths that different societies have taken to reach their current forms of political order. The author is a respected neo-con figure who celebrated the end of history or the ascendancy of Western liberal democracy that occurred after the Cold War (1945–1991) and the dissolution of the Soviet Union (1991). Part II of the book contains all information you need about Ancient China.

Table of Contents:
part I: Before the state. The necessity of politics
The state of nature
The tyranny of cousins
Tribal societies : property, justice, war
The coming of the leviathan
part II: State building. Chinese tribalism
War and the rise of the Chinese state
The great Han system
Political decay and the return of patrimonial government
The Indian detour
Varnas and jatis
Weaknesses of Indian politics
Slavery and the Muslim exit from tribalism
The Mamluks save Islam
The functioning and decline of the Ottoman state
- Christianity undermines the family
part III: The rule of law. The origins of the rule of law
The church becomes a state
The state becomes a church
Oriental despotism
Stationary bandits
part IV: Accountable government. The rise of political accountability
Rente seekers
Patrimonialism crosses the Atlantic
East of the Elbe
Toward a more perfect absolutism
Taxation and representation
Why accountability? Why absolutism?
part V: Toward a theory of political development. Political development and political decay
Political development, then and now.

https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Record/1284278/TOC
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By Heisenberg
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Potemkin wrote:China: A History by John Keay

Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 1, Introductory Orientations by Joseph Needham

Red Star Over China by Edgar Snow

And while you're waiting for those books to arrive, start with the Wikipedia page on the Xia Dynasty, and take it from there....

Cheers, old bean :up:
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By Potemkin
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Heisenberg wrote:Cheers, old bean :up:

No problem, old boy. Toodle-pip! :up:
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By colliric
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Heisenberg wrote:Can anyone recommend any good books (i.e. preferably not Orientalist liberal bullshit) on Chinese history? I just realised I know almost nothing about China at all. :lol:

Edit: paging our Dear Leader @Potemkin, since he is essentially a human encyclopedia.


Sima Qian's Records Of The Grand Historian is the quintessential classical work of Ancient Chinese History by China's greatest ancient historian. It's the only book you REALLY need to read.

Many classic Chinese movies are directly based on that book including all movies about the first emperor and the legendary Chinese Assassin that tried to kill him, Jing Ke.
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