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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Abundant rainfall and subtropical temperatures in the Yangzi River valley make rice cultivation and double cropping possible. I also found his statement that there’s still scholarly discussion about the Nanking massacre a gross understatement.

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China in World History

One group assembled around Mozi, a thinker who lived sometime between Con- fucius and Mencius and who argued that Confucians were wasteful in wolrd emphasis on rituals, music, and ceremonies in honor of the dead. So, if you are looking for a basic overview of Chinese history, then this is the perfect book. Brings you right to present times and gives context and meaning to events you here about in the news.

Despite the political upheavals of the Wang Mang usurpation and the relocation of the capital to Luoyang, the Han dynasty remained strong and expansive for another century of economic prosperity pau, cultural creativity.

I am interested in finding out more though. As Victor Mair has noted, modern nationalism and nar- rolp academic specializations everywhere have led historians today to downplay international, interethnic, and intercontinental contacts and influences, especially in earlier times. Officials are mere tools of the ruler in the efficient organization of the state and the army, and they should be promoted and demoted solely on the basis of their effec- rpop in carrying out their assigned duties.

One saying often attributed to Zhuangzi, prob- ably erroneously but tellingly nevertheless, captures well his cynicism toward politics and still applies in surprising ways today: Indiai and Ceylon pursued a policy of “peace and kinship” heqinattempting to avoid war with the Xiongnu by sending lavish gifts of silk, gold, and grain and offering Xiongnu leaders Han princesses in marriage. China — Civilization — Foreign influences.

Having lasted more than four centuries, the Han formed the imperial pattern of legal- ist institutions rationalized by Confucian ideology that was to inspire every subsequent dynasty until the last the Qing fell in Dave McMahon rated it really liked it Jul 27, The most influential Han dynasty scholar in shaping the Confucian philosophical tradition was Dong Zhongshu ca.

Ming and early Qing Decline, fall, and aftermath of the Qing empire Civil wars, invasion, and the rise of communism The People’s Republic of China to the present.

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In other words, had its leadership not been so corrupt and incompetent, even during the past two centuries China might well have maintained its planetary leadership.

Chinaa must be thoroughly pondered and analyzed. What have been the major changes and continuities in Chinese life over the past four millennia?

Yet other Han documents speak of cultivating long life or attaining immortality by transcending ib normal confines of biological death. Chinese meth- ods of warfare were profoundly shaped by nomadic horsemanship and archery.

When Han Feizi visited the state of Qin, Prime Minister Li Si recognized his brilliance and had him imprisoned and forced him to drink poison, because he feared that if the King of Qin conferred with the Han prince, Li Si’s own position might be threat- ened. Ina rebel- lion broke out among the followers of a Daoist religious cult, the Yellow Turbans, which marked the beginning of the end for the Han dynasty.

Ban Gu’s twin brother achieved equal prominence as a military general and conqueror of many formerly independent kingdoms in Central Asia. At its height, the Han court ruled an empire of about two and a half million square miles about 70 percent of the contemporary United States with chija million people under its direct control. In contrast to many other societies, the early Chinese accepted the world and human existence as facts of life that needed no supernatural explanation or divine creator.

Change is the other equally important factor. From the reign of Han Wudi onward, Chinese emperors came to be seen not only as the military commander-in-chief but also as the cultural leader of the empire and its foremost patron of the arts and scholarship. A few “new” world histories even extend their focus to the entire universe, a “big history” perspective that dramatically shifts the beginning of the story back to the Big Bang.

Considering China’s long history, and my lack of knowledge about it, before comming to read this book I was woorld for a general overview of this nation’s past. Dao Tao in some translations means literally the Way, and it was used by Confucians and others to mean the way one should live, or the way rulers should govern. And contrary to the popular stereotype of China as isolated and unaf- fected by the outside world, China was frequently influenced in pro- found ways by the peoples and cultures beyond its borders, whether by armed nomads to the north and west, Arab traders traveling by the Silk Route or by sea from the Middle East, Indian traders and Buddhist missionaries from South Histroy, non-Chinese peoples including Koreans and Japanese in the Northeast, Vietnamese in the Southeast, Tibetans in the Southwest, and hundreds of hill tribes in what today is south and southwest China.


The book reads easily and is presented well. You can view this on the NLA website. The two major contenders to succeed the Qin were Xiang Yu, a brilliant aristocratic general, and Liu Bang, an equally brilliant but low- born general of peasant background.

China in World History by Paul S. Ropp

For Zhuangzi, all the Warring States philosophers were frogs in their own little wells. And while we think of China today as a bulwark of conservatism that has endured over millennia, that stereotype neglects their long history of frequent, violent rebellion that could last decades.

China in World History Paul S. Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F While Legalists were steadily building up the lethal powers of the state and Confucians were urging the restoration of early Zhou ideal- ism and the use of ritual in both families and governments, others were attacking both Legalists and Confucians from other angles. The Qin chhina were much rougher types than the aristocratic rulers of the other states.

Our country is paying the price of that ignorance in the difficulty we face in dealing with China as a reemerging world power. Education in the Han was further facilitated by the invention of paper around ce.

Much to the amazement of the archaeologists involved, they discovered Lady Dai’s corpse so well preserved, in four interlocking coffins and wrapped in twenty layers of silk, that her rpp was soft and her muscles were still elastic.

When looking at Wworld in the context of world history, several dis- tinctive Chinese traits stand woorld. He proceeded to call on the same religious rituals Qin Shi Huangdi had invoked to assure 24 China in World History the world of the moral and political legitimacy of his new empire.

Emphasizing both the com- parisons and interactions is critical to developing a global framework that can deepen and broaden historical understanding, whether the focus is on a specific country or region or on the whole world. 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.

An identifiable and sophisticated Chinese culture emerged by bce and has shown remarkable continuity in its language, cul- tural values, and social and political organization over the past three and a half millennia. Some see the “new” global framework of rropp history today as viewing the world from the vantage point of the Moon, as one scholar put it.