Historian Paul Ropp combines vivid story-telling with astute analysis to shed light on some of the larger questions of Chinese history. What is. Historian Paul Ropp combines vivid story-telling with astute analysis to shed light today, and have colored China’s perception of its own place in world history. Paul S. Ropp. China in World History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, xvi + pp. $ (cloth), ISBN ; $ (paper), ISBN.

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An alloy of copper and tin with a small amount of lead, bronze requires first the location, mining, and refining of the appropriate metal ores, fol- lowed by the smelting of the three metals in exact proportions at very high temperatures over 1, degrees Centigrade. Considering China’s long history, and my lack of knowledge about it, before comming to read this book I was looking for hisfory general overview of this nation’s past.

Jan 19, Mal Warwick rated it liked it Shelves: It’s rlpp easy to follow for those who know nothing about the s Chinese history simply has the coolest names. Finally, the author discusses the humiliation of China at the hands of Western wirld and Japan, explaining hstory these recent events have shaped China’s quest for wealth, power and respect today, and have colored China’s perception of its own place in world history.

Consequently those flooded, causing massive amounts of death, disease, famine, and economic ruin. Tombs often included miniature models of homes, household goods, servants, entertainers, and official retinues in formal procession, giving us intimate glimpses into Chinese ways of life and death in Han times.

He climbed the Mountain of Fame to a greater height than he could have imagined, and he represents to this day the faith of Chinese scholars that their honest writings can in fact outlive the monarchs and power-holders they might criticize and condemn. Rulers should be aloof, remain mysterious in the eyes of all people, and never let their own thoughts and feelings be known to others. The same rainfall typically leaches fertility out of the soil in the Yangzi valley, but with the abundant application of human and animal wastes, and with the long growing season and abundant rainfall, the southern lower Yangzi valley has been the most prosperous part of China in chjna last thousand years.

For the next fifteen years, King Zheng and his civil and mili- tary advisors presided over the rapid military conquest and political takeover of all paaul other Warring States.

China in World History

Thus, in the space histogy a decade King Zheng, Li Si, and a small circle of close advisors to the king presided over the conquest of what they saw as the entire civilized world. Ln search Search history. We will probably never know the truth of this story because the records of the Qin dynasty have been compiled and recorded for many centuries by Confucian historians who had many reasons for hating the Qin regime and all associated with it.


Then, although I should suffer death from ten thousand cuts, what regrets should I have? Han Wudi was the most consequential Han emperor for a number of other reasons besides his economic and military success.

This is briskly readable survey of China and its interaction with the wider world, compressing more than two thousands years of Chinese history into less than two hundred pages. Silk worms are so tiny at hatching that there arein a pound. The main reason for this was a virtual economic revolution that made Song China the most prosperous and highly developed society on earth. As large landholders found ways to avoid paying taxes, Han dynasty society became increasingly divided between rich aristocratic landholders and poor tenants, slaves, and landless vag- abonds.

Historian Paul Wor,d combines vivid story-telling with astute analysis to shed chnia on some of the larger questions of Chinese history.

kn Mencius was more of a storyteller than Confucius, and his collected sayings helped to popularize the val- ues of Confucius through clever dialogues, colorful anecdotes, and short parables. I feel this is done in an unsatisfactory manner. China in world history. Chkna your country histogy region Close. In three pits near the tomb, archaeologists have discovered 8, warriors, chariots with horses, plus cavalry horses, all made ofterra cotta, most ofwhich have not yet been excavated.

If there’s one relationship influenced deeply by their common history, it’s between those countries. As civil war erupted, many former noble hisgory hoped that some kind of decentralized feudal rule could be reestablished to allow them to return to their home areas and reassert the privileged positions they had enjoyed before the Qin con- quest.

This level of state centralization and standardization was not achieved in Europe until 2, years later. The deceased ancestors depended histiry the living for respect, wealth, food, and drink, and in return for these the deceased conferred blessings on their living descendants.

In ce, court eunuchs managed to place an infant on the throne so they could control state affairs in his name. Understanding the workings of global and local conditions in the past gives us tools for examining our own world and for envisioning the interconnected future that is in the making. I knew about paper money and contracts, but stocks!?! How has the development of Chinese civilization compared with contemporaneous civilizations elsewhere in the world?

Like Jesus five hundred years sorld, Confucius believed that virtue was pow- erful and contagious, but chija the war-torn era of his time, he had dif- ficulty persuading any ruler to implement his teachings. In the chilling opening words of the ancient classic The Art of War attributed to Sunzi which probably dates from the mid-fourth century bce and is still read today in military academies and business schools”Warfare is the greatest affair of the state, the basis of life and death, the Way Dao to survival or extinction.

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Offering a global perspective, the book shows how China’s nomadic neighbors to the north and west influenced much of the political, military, and even cultural history of China. Farmers began specializing in crops such as mulberry trees for silk worms, tea, sugar cane, bamboo, hemp, and ramie to produce fibers for cloth, and eventually cotton introduced from India in Tang timeswhcih became a major cash crop by the end of the Song.


The Qin administrators divided the entire population of all the former states into small groups of five and ten families and made each group collectively responsible for the behavior of everyone in the group. Thus, while Xunzi accepted the large bureaucratic state based on the rule of law, he also argued forcefully that such a state could be guided most humanely and most effectively by the values of Confucius and Mencius.

To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Global perspective — 1 star I do not feel Ropp accomplished the premise which he set at the beginning of the book at all. Ropp’s setup is to explain the different era’s in Chinese history and how society changed from one era to another in a clear manner. Human and animal sacrifices gradually disappeared, and written texts in the Zhou became much longer and more sophisticated than any sur- viving writing from the Shang.

He never rose very high in any government and died in bce, feeling himself a failure. The series as a whole is doing an admirable job of condensing history topics and ideas into to words.

It hishory been found that the bubonic plague originated in central asia, and this invasion of the Mongols into China was what spread it into China, which obviously just devastated society. This holistic worldview is evident in most Chinese approaches to ethics, cosmology, society, government, economics, medicine, and history. He interpreted the Mandate of Heaven as the natural working out of politics in which rulers who care for the people consequently win pauul support, whereas those who offend the people or exploit them will lose their support and fail.

Many dynasties in China were eventually weakened and destroyed by lethal power struggles among four competing groups: What this book gives you is an introduction to the flow of Chineese history, and the authour points to the salie Considering China’s long history, and my lack of knowledge about it, before comming to read this book I was looking for a general overview of this nation’s past.

And even when China’s government policy was insular – or simply focused on the nomadic borders instead of the coast which going by Chinese history is a quite rational policy this sort of trade and interaction remained because the Chinese government did not really have the ability to limit this trade and interaction, even if it wanted to.