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  • Author:
    Stephen G. Haw
  • ISBN:
    0304364703
  • ISBN13:
    978-0304364701
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  • Publisher:
    Orion Pub Co; Revised edition (October 2002)
  • Pages:
    320 pages
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    Asia
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    4.2
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Stephen G. Haw (born 1951) is a botanical taxonomist and historian, specializing in subjects relating to China. He is the author of several published books and a large number of periodical articles. His most important work relates to the taxonomy of Tree Peonies and to the history of the Mongol period in East Asia.

A Traveller's History of China provides a concise but fascinating journey from the country's earliest beginnings right up to the creation of the economic powerhouse that is today. Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. Seller Inventory 9781566564861.

Traveller's history series. Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references. Download book A traveller's history of China, Stephen G. Haw. online for free. Geographic Name: China History. Uniform Title: Traveller's history.

The Traveller's History series is designed for travellers who want more historical background on the country they are visiting than can be found in a tour guide. Each volume offers a complete and authoritative history of the country from the earliest times up to the present. A Gazetteer cross-referenced to the main text pin-points the historical importance of sights and towns. Beijing is a great city, the gateway to China, the centre of a great and rising nation. It has changed dramatically during the last 25 years and taken on a vibrant modern aspect, but it still retains its historical character. The Olympics in 2008 are a sign that Beijing is taking its place among the prime cities of the world, a centre of political and economic power with a rich cultural legacy.

Stephen . aw begins with the prehistoric civilisations of 4000 years ago, and from there to the centuries of China"s silk trade. Some of the most significant inventions of the modern world were invented in China - paper, gunpowder and the magnetic compass

Stephen . Some of the most significant inventions of the modern world were invented in China - paper, gunpowder and the magnetic compass. The author describes the glories of the Tang and Song dynasties which saw the creation of the great Chinese cities to the period of its decline and the efforts of Europe to subdue this giant land. It covers the tumult of the Chinese Revolution and the dramatic changes in political policies since the 1970s right up to the present day. aw begins with the prehistoric civilisations of 4000 years ago, and from there to the centuries of China's silk trade.

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Stephen G.Haw begins with the prehistoric civilisations of 4000 years ago, and from there to the centuries of China's silk trade. Some of the most significant inventions of the modern world were invented in China - paper, gunpowder and the magnetic compass. The author describes the glories of the Tang and Song dynasties which saw the creation of the great Chinese cities to the period of its decline and the efforts of Europe to subdue this giant land. It covers the tumult of the Chinese Revolution and the dramatic changes in political policies since the 1970s right up to the present day. It also looks at the handover of Hong Kong, the continuing difficulties of Taiwan and how China is emerging as the world's largest market. 'The author manages to get 2 million years into 300 pages - and he does it without gimmicks or colour pictures. An excellent addition to a series which is already invaluable. Whether you are travelling or not.' The Guardian 'In order to make the most of a visit to China such portable pocket-size guides as this are most useful.' The China Quarterly

Uickabrod
Based on the title I was expecting a book organized around travel destinations with historical info on each destination. Now that I've read the book from cover to cover I've found it wasn't organized the way I expected, but I am very impressed with what the book delivers. It's essentially an excellent history of China, with various other items added on. Here's how I would describe the book now:
* A concise history of China from prehistoric times up to 2002, in 170 exceptionally well-written pages.
* 45 pages covering certain isolated topics (geography, minority peoples, status of Hong Kong and Taiwan, and the Chinese language). Good basic stuff.
* A 30 page Historical Gazetteer that lists some 44 destinations (important cities, mountains, historical districts, etc.), with a brief description of each along with keys to the main text.
* A few helpful pages on timelines and dynasty dates.
The real gem is the history section. If you want one book that tells you everything you ever wanted to know about Chinese history in a single comprehensive and well-balanced volume, this is your book.
Aloo
I did not buy this in lieu of a college textbook hoping to become an instant expert. I bought this to serve as a quick look-up source. I use this as I read books by Chinese authors. There's always those things I've forgotten and, more often, things I've never known that I need to find.

The supplemental timeline, gazetteer and list of rulers are very useful. As always, I wish there had been more maps (but I don't think I've ever said a history book had enough maps).

For a general history and a handy reference this was a great find.
Adorardana
Very detailed history. Would have liked a more concise description of the Great Wall's development over its history in one place. Perhaps as a separate chapter? Gives a good picture of the transition of China's history.
Amis
This is the third China book which I purchase which I have been asked to review. As with the other two I am taking a neutral position in this review.
Blueshaper
Good buy here on amazon. Would buy again.
BOND
Wow. This book is dense and I really didn't plan on reading pedantic prose that I need to have a dictionary nearby to decipher. I was hoping for a more condensed, precise read that hit the highlights first with maybe more info if I wanted. Felt like I was reading something for a college history class! Maybe I misread the description? Not recommended if you're a traveller looking for an overview.
Via
Good intro although told from a perspective that is pretty clearly sympathetic to the British point of view. The bias is kind of annoying in its obviousness at points.
Haw does what few writers have done when relating China's long and turbulent history: he presents short and precise background historical information, while at the same time, giving the reader a sense of the all encompassing ramifications of that history on present-day China. The early portion of the book does focus on the geographical aspect of China (and admittedly, this is not the most interesting part of the book);however, Haw reveals many of the historical and political turbulence that makes up such a vast nation in such a way that no other writers have done. Many books have been written about China, and many of these books are very detailed, and at times, pedantic. Haw, however, achieves in giving the reader in clear language a very succinct history that is understandable. Without doubt, this book is one of the better efforts written about China.