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Reading List for History 346
Berkshire Encyclopedia of China by
Publication Date: 2008
Provides insight into Chinese history and culture today in nearly a thousand articles that include everything from "Adoption" and "Banking" to "Wound Literature" and the "Zhou Dynasty". Designed for students, teachers, businesspeople, government officials, and tourists seeking a greater understanding of China today. 5 volumes.
China's Ethnic Groups and Religions by
Publication Date: 2011
Provides a historical background on the ethnic groups of China and explains how the central government categorizes ethnic groups and minorities.
China's History by
Publication Date: 2011
Outlines the unique historical trajectory of Chinese civilization, covering a period that starts with the early Paleolithic Period about 2 million years ago and extends all the way to 2008 when China successfully hosted the 29th Olympic Games in Beijing.
Confucianism: A Very Short Introduction by
Publication Date: 2014
To understand China, it is essential to understand Confucianism. First formulated in the sixth century BCE, the teachings of Confucius would come to dominate Chinese society, politics, economics, and ethics. This book explores the major philosophical ideas of the Confucian tradition, showing their profound impact on state ideology, imperial government, the civil service examination system, domestic life, and social relations over the course of twenty-six centuries. It focuses on two of the Sage's most crucial philosophical problems—what makes for a good person, and what constitutes good government—and demonstrates the enduring significance of these questions today and how the Confucian tradition sits alongside Western ideas and technology.
Encyclopedia of Buddhism by
Publication Date: 2005
This encyclopedia describes the Buddhist world view, basic teachings and practices of Buddhism, as well as its different schools and sects. In addition to containing entries on Buddhist scriptures, art, architecture, divinities, monastic orders, festivals, rites and ceremonies, this 2-vol. set explores the history of Buddhism, the different forms it has taken in different parts of the world, and how Buddhism has blended with other religions. 2 volumes.
Encyclopedia of Modern China by
Publication Date: 2009
Provides critical information on the most populous country and most dynamic trade market in the world: the people, politics, economics, religion, philosophy, traditions, art, and literature of this ancient and enduring civilization are explored from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day. 4 volumes.
Mao: A Very Short Introduction by
Publication Date: 2013
This book chronicles Mao's journey from peasant child to ruler of China. He was a founder of both the Chinese Communist Party and the Red Army. His revolution unified China and began its rise to world power status. He was the architect of the Great Leap Forward that he hoped would make China both prosperous and egalitarian, but instead ended in economic disaster resulting in millions of deaths. It was Mao's growing suspicion of his fellow leaders that led him to launch the Cultural Revolution, and his last years were dogged by ill-health and his despairing attempts to find a successor whom he trusted.