China in World History
08 October 2012, 05:05
Oxford University Press | 2010 | ISBN: 0195381955 | EPUB | 208 pages | 4.43MB
Here is a fascinating compact history of Chinese political, economic, and cultural life, ranging from the origins of civilization in China to the beginning of the 21st century. Historian Paul Ropp combines vivid story-telling with astute analysis to shed light on some of the larger questions of Chinese history. What is distinctive about China in comparison with other civilizations? What have been the major changes and continuities in Chinese life over the past four millennia? 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. Ropp also examines Sino-Indian relations, highlighting the impact of the thriving trade between India and China as well as the profound effect of Indian Buddhism on Chinese life. Finally, the author discusses the humiliation of China at the hands of Western powers and Japan, explaining how 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.
A History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000 - 323 BC
08 October 2012, 04:49
Blackwell Publishing | 2006 | ISBN: 1405149116 | DJVU | 341 pages | 12.04MB
This book presents a clear, concise history of the extraordinary multicultural civilizations of the ancient Near East.
● Bestselling narrative of the complex history of the ancient Near East
● Addresses political, social, and cultural developments
● Contains in-depth discussion of key texts and sources, including the Bible and the Epic of Gilgamesh
● Includes numerous maps, illustrations, and a selection of Near Eastern texts in translation
● Integrates new research, and greatly expands the guides to further reading for this second edition
Alexander the Great and His Time
08 October 2012, 04:24
Marboro Books | 1990 | ISBN: 0880295910 | PDF | 322 pages | 1.7MB
This book works very well as a general introduction into the life of Alexander the Great. At times going into details of his campaign and personality, but never lingering too long on the details. It is the only major work about Alexander that I have read and it has proven very worthwhile in knowing what he did and how he has affected history.
That being the case though, I will have to mention that Agnes Savill does tread the path of the apologist too many times. Often in asides or endings to the chapters she will compare Alexander's actions and methods (usually of a less noble deed like an execution) to those of modern warfare. Warning the reader to judge lightly in the face of modern warfare's horrors. Which is a good point, but also not necessary and too often distracting.
The last one-hundred pages of the book, after the biography and historical assessment of Alexander's life and impact, deals with the world of Greece at the time before and during Alexander's reign. Its passions, philosophy, and overall ideals are dabbled with in brief histories of the great philosophers, wars with Persia and Sparta, and other cultural tidbits. It made for fascinating reading, but felt rushed and lacked the narrative power of the Alexander part of the story, which is the great strength of the book. - By B. M. Chapman