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Chinese History, Volume 1

A New Manual, Enlarged Sixth Edition (Fiftieth Anniversary Edition)

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$45.00 • £36.95 • €40.50

ISBN 9780674260238

Publication Date: 07/12/2022


Praise for the 2015 edition:

A unique resource. A must for every serious student of Chinese history and culture.—Victor H. Mair, Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, University of Pennsylvania

Praise for the 2013 edition:

[An] unparalleled collection of Chinese facts and analysis, reaching from the earliest recorded times to the late twentieth century… It comprises fourteen supremely learned ‘book-length parts’ in seventy-six chapters, including entries on language, people, geography, and the environment, on ideas and beliefs, and on technology and science… What is most fascinating for me and, I suppose, older China hands, is Wilkinson’s passion for minutiae… [A] mighty book… Magnificent.—Jonathan Mirsky, New York Review of Books blog

The recent publication of Wilkinson’s Chinese History: A New Manual…was and remains a major event… [It] is in many ways an entirely new organism that is quite different from its predecessors. It incorporates a million new words of text and substantially new material… The book is, in every way, absolutely indispensable to work in Chinese history.—Carla Nappi, New Books in East Asian Studies

[A] thoroughly revised and updated edition of eminent Chinese history expert Dr. Endymion Wilkinson’s classic text… An important reference text for anyone wanting to understand how China became what it is today—and where it might be headed.—William Yeoman, West Australian

Praise for the 2000 edition:

Endymion Wilkinson has created an extremely useful navigational guide in English to the vast ocean of China’s long traditional civilization. Because of its many strong points it can be considered one of a kind, a unique work… There are numerous points that distinguish this manual as a work of the first rank, a collection that will be utilized and referenced by scholars for decades to come.—Ronald Suleski, China Review International

The content of this book is extremely rich… One has to admire the effort and ability the author has shown in tracing down some of the obscure publications from less well-known publishers… This book will doubtless become the essential buyers’ guide for every librarian of sinology for months to come!—Wang Tao, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society

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