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China in World History (The New Oxford World History) by Paul S. Ropp

By Paul S. Ropp

Here's a interesting compact historical past of chinese language political, monetary, and cultural lifestyles, starting from the origins of civilization in China to the start of the twenty first century. Historian Paul Ropp combines bright story-telling with astute research to make clear the various greater questions of chinese language background. what's exact approximately China compared to different civilizations? What were the main adjustments and continuities in chinese language lifestyles during the last 4 millennia? providing a world point of view, the e-book indicates how China's nomadic buddies to the north and west prompted a lot of the political, army, or even cultural heritage of China. Ropp additionally examines Sino-Indian kin, highlighting the influence of the thriving exchange among India and China in addition to the profound impact of Indian Buddhism on chinese language lifestyles. ultimately, the writer discusses the humiliation of China by the hands of Western powers and Japan, explaining how those fresh occasions have formed China's quest for wealth, energy and admire this day, and feature coloured China's conception of its personal position in global history.

"Anyone who has attempted to put in writing on any subject on the topic of China for a huge readership will with no trouble have the ability to savour Paul Ropp's fulfillment the following in telling the full tale from Yao to Mao and past in good below 2 hundred pages." --Bulletin of the varsity of Oriental and African Studies

About the Author
Paul S. Ropp is the Andrea and Peter Klein Professor of historical past at Clark collage and writer of Banished Immortal: trying to find Shuangqing, China's Peasant lady Poet.

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During the turmoil of the Warring States period, independent states mobilized large numbers of commoners to build walls, dams, dikes, and irrigation canals and by these means to increase agricultural productivity dramatically (growing millet, wheat, soybeans, and rice) in order to support standing armies of up to several hundred thousand. Iron gradually came into general use, permitting the development of T h e Form a t iv e A ge 11 more lethal weapons, and eventually (by the third century bce) rulers began drafting thousands of able-bodied peasants as foot soldiers who replaced the old Shang and early Zhou forms of warfare led by aristocrats in chariots.

There were at least 148 small states in the eighth century bce, but by about 400 bce only seven major states remained, along with several small ones that managed to survive by allying with powerful neighbors or playing their larger neighbors against each other. During this time, every state sought out the best political and military advice it could find, and everyone understood that the surviving states were engaged in a lethal competition for control of ever larger areas. In the Chinese Warring States environment of change, uncertainty, and increasing insecurity, a variety of Chinese thinkers traveled among the competing states and debated the central questions of the day: What is most important in life?

The writings of Confucian, Daoist, and Legalist thinkers and Mozi in China, the Hebrew prophets in Mesopotamia, the great Vedic scriptures of the Upanishads and the teachings of the Buddha and Mahavira (the founder of the Jain religion) in India, and Plato and Aristotle in Greece all subjected their societies’ common beliefs and customs to the cold scrutiny of reason and challenged political leaders to pay more attention to the welfare of the common people. Despite contrasts in their approaches and ideas, they respectively laid the intellectual foundations for great new empires in Persia, India, China, Greece, and Rome.

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