A Chinese History Reader by Xiaoyu Sun

By Xiaoyu Sun

This publication presents a concise creation to the chinese language heritage, overlaying many years span extending from antiquity during the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty. ancient sessions elaborated comprise the pre-Qin interval; the Qin and Han Dynasties; the Wei, Jin, and Southern and northerly Dynasties; the Tang, tune, and Yuan Dynasties; and the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Written through a gaggle of historians from the distinguished chinese language Academy of Social Sciences, the booklet has integrated many of the newest examine findings within the box of chinese language historic studies.

Features:
- All significant chinese language dynasties are coated in a concise demeanour. Encounters with the fashionable period also are explored, along with beginning with the traditional Age in China.
- The authors supply most recent examine findings, giving perception to the interesting chinese language history.
- This e-book additionally positive factors many correct images and illustrations to aid readers comprehend the subjects better.

Contents
1. the traditional Age.
2. japanese Zhou Dynasty.
3. The Qin and Han Dynasties.
4. The Wei, Jin, and Southern and northerly Dynasties.
5. The Tang, tune, and Yuan Dynasties.
6. The Ming and Qing Dynasties.
7. The past due Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China.

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He stressed that rulers should cultivate the people through De, and rule their state and the people through Li, opposing harsh government and severe pun- Confucius 48 A CHINESE HISTORY READER ishment. Since then, the Confucian school represented by Confucius has exerted a tremendous influence on the culture and ideology of the following generations of Chinese all over the world. Confucius was also a great educator. In his time, only children from aristocratic families could receive education. ” He taught his pupils without discrimination, irrespective of their social status.

Assisted by his able prime minister Jiang Shang (also known as Jiang Taigong), King Wen made his realm rich and powerful. In the mid-eleventh century BC, King Wen died, and his son came Jiang Shang to the throne as King Wu. In 1046 BC, King Wu, assisted by Lu Shang and his own uncle Duke Zhou, led an army comprising nearly three hundred military chariots and forty-five thousand heavily armed warriors from many states against the tottering Shang Dynasty, and toppled King Zhou at the Battle of Muye (in now Henan Province).

When Duke Xiang and Duke Wuzhi of Qi, who took the throne after Duke Xiang were both killed, Xiaobai’s elder brother Jiu, who was in Lu then and was supposed to be the heir and had gained support from Duke Zhuang of Lu, and Guan Zhong, who was Jiu’s teacher initially, shot an arrow at Xiaobai on his way back to Qi from Ju. Xiaobai wasn’t hurt because the hook of his robes blocked the arrow. Xiaobai pretended to be shot to death, and managed to arrive in Qi before Jiu. He ascended the throne and became known as Duke Huan of Qi.

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