China’s Imperial Past: An Introduction to Chinese History and Culture

Charles O. Hucker

Nothing benefits learning more than being associated with the right people.
– Hsun Tzu (wade-Giles), Xunzi (pinyin) p v.

This is one of the best, if not the best one-volume history of China from prehistoric to 1850.

Published in 1975 each period is divided into general history, government, thought, literature and art.

Huckle writes well. I learned a lot from his book despite having read many books on China.

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