Download E-books The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams, and the Making of Modern China PDF

By Julia Lovell

An enticing, hugely readable, character-driven account of the conflict that remodeled China, and which keeps to loom huge over glossy chinese language history.

In October 1839, a Windsor cupboard assembly votes to start the 1st Opium struggle opposed to China. Bureaucratic fumbling, army missteps, and a hearty dose of political opportunism and collaboration undefined. wealthy in tragicomedy, The Opium conflict explores the disastrous British foreign-relations movement that turned a founding fantasy of contemporary chinese language nationalism, and depicts China’s heroic fight opposed to Western conspiracy. Julia Lovell examines the reasons and effects of the Opium struggle, interweaving stories of the opium pushers and dissidents. extra importantly, she analyses how the Opium Wars formed China's self-image and created a permanent version for its interactions with the West, affected by fantasy and prejudice.

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Download E-books Collection of Qu Yuan (Chinese classical literature series) (中国古典文学基本丛书:屈原集校注) PDF

By 金开诚

屈原在九章抽思中说“结微情以陈词兮,矫以遗夫美人”,说明他的有些辞作本为“献诗陈志”而作,并不限于个人抒发感情。史记列傅说屈原“存君兴国而欲反复之,一篇之中三致志焉”;下面又说“令尹子兰闻之大怒”。道一事实也说明屈原辞谁多有违碍之言,但在当时却并不保密,而是在社会上有所流传的。又屈原列传说:“屈原既死之后,楚 有宋主、唐勒、景差之徒者,皆好辞而以赋见称;然皆祖屈原之从容辞令,终莫敢直谏。”这进一步证明了屈原辞流传的社会性。可以想见,屈辞在楚国人士中的影响是不小的;至于宋玉、唐勒、景差等楚辞作者,既然“皆祖屈原之从容辞令”,当然更会致力于屈辞的收集、整理、保管和傅习。另外,还应充分估计到屈原辞通过民间渠道流传于后世的可能性。

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Download E-books Lives of Confucius: Civilization's Greatest Sage Through the Ages PDF

By Michael Nylan

Confucius—“Master Kung” (551–479 BCE), the chinese language philosopher and social philosopher—originated teachings that experience deeply motivated chinese language, Korean, eastern, and Vietnamese suggestion and existence over many centuries. His philosophy emphasised own and governmental morality, justice, and appropriateness in social relationships. In time those values received prom­inence in China over different doctrines, akin to Taoism or even Buddhism. His suggestions later built right into a procedure of philosophy referred to as Confucianism.
Today there stay many mysteries concerning the real situations of his lifestyles, and the advance of his impression has but to be encapsulated for the overall reader. yet with Michael Nylan and Thomas Wilson’s Lives of Confucius, many mysteries are laid to leisure approximately his old existence, and interesting info emerge approximately how his mythic stature advanced through the years, correct as much as the current day.

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Download E-books The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage PDF

By Alexandra Harney

During this landmark paintings of investigative reporting, former Financial Times correspondent Alexandra Harney uncovers a narrative of significant importance to us all: how China's manufacturing unit economic system earnings a aggressive part through promoting out its employees, surroundings, and destiny. Harney's firsthand reporting brings us face-to-face with an international within which extreme pricing strain from Western businesses combines with ubiquitous corruption and a scarcity of transparency to targeted a excellent toll in human distress and environmental harm. This eye-opening divulge bargains, for the 1st time, an intimate examine the defining company tale of our time.

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Download E-books Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China PDF

By Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux, the writer of the teach go back and forth classics the good Railway Bazaar and The previous Patagonian convey, takes to the rails once more during this account of his epic trip via China. He hops aboard as a part of a travel workforce in London and units out for China's border. He then spends a yr traversing the rustic, the place he items jointly a desirable picture of a special second in heritage. From the barren deserts of Xinjiang to the ice forests of Manchuria, from the dense metropolises of Shanghai, Beijing, and Canton to the dry hills of Tibet, Theroux bargains an unforgettable portrait of a powerful land and a unprecedented people.

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Download E-books Governance and Politics of China, Second Edition (Comparative Government and Politics) PDF

Over the previous two decades swap in China has been breathtaking. Reform has affected each part of lifestyles and has left no coverage and establishment untouched. Now to be had in a considerably revised moment version overlaying the adjustments of the 16th celebration Congress and 10th nationwide People's Congress and different contemporary advancements this significant textual content through a number one educational authority, who has additionally lived and labored in China, presents a radical creation to all facets of politics and governance in post-Mao China.

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Download E-books Remembering Simplified Hanzi, Volume 1: How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Chinese Characters PDF

By James W. Heisig, Timothy W. Richardson

In the end the strategy that has helped hundreds of thousands of freshmen memorize jap kanji has been tailored to aid scholars with chinese language characters. "Book 1 of Remembering Simplified Hanzi" covers the writing and which means of the 1,000 most typically used characters within the simplified chinese language writing method, plus one other 500 which are top discovered at an early level. (Book 2 provides one other 1,500 characters for a complete of 3,000.) Of severe significance to the technique present in those pages is the systematic arranging of characters in an order most fitted to memorization. within the chinese language writing procedure, strokes and straightforward elements are nested inside of fairly uncomplicated characters, that could, in flip, function elements of extra advanced characters and so forth. making the most of this enables a logical ordering, making it attainable for college kids to process such a lot new characters with earlier wisdom that may tremendously facilitate the educational process.Guidance and designated directions are supplied alongside the best way. scholars are taught to hire 'imaginative memory' to affiliate every one character's part elements, or 'primitive elements', with each other and with a key observe that has been rigorously chosen to symbolize an incredible which means of the nature. this is often finished during the production of a 'story' that engagingly ties the primitive parts and key be aware jointly. during this means, the collections of dots, strokes, and elements that make up the characters are linked in memorable model, dramatically shortening the time required for studying and assisting to avoid characters from slipping out of reminiscence.

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Download E-books Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China PDF

By Peter Hessler

A century in the past, outsiders observed China as a spot the place not anything ever alterations. at the present time the rustic has develop into essentially the most dynamic areas in the world. In Oracle Bones, Peter Hessler explores the human aspect of China's transformation, viewing modern day China and its becoming hyperlinks to the Western international in the course of the lives of a handful of normal humans. In a story that gracefully strikes among the traditional and the current, the East and the West, Hessler captures the soul of a rustic that's present process a momentous switch ahead of our eyes.

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Download E-books Kinder Than Solitude: A Novel PDF

By Yiyun Li

A profound secret is on the center of this fabulous new novel via Yiyun Li, “one of America’s most sensible younger novelists” (Newsweek) and the prestigious writer of The Vagrants, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. relocating from side to side in time, among the USA this day and China within the Nineteen Nineties, Kinder Than Solitude is the tale of 3 humans whose lives are replaced via a homicide certainly one of them could have devoted. As one of many 3 observes, “Even the main blameless individual, whilst cornered, is able to a heartless crime.”
while Moran, Ruyu, and Boyang have been younger, they have been all for a mysterious incident within which a chum of theirs was once poisoned. Grown up, the 3 buddies are separated through distance and private estrangement. Moran and Ruyu reside within the usa, Boyang in China; all 3 are haunted by way of what rather occurred of their formative years, and by means of doubt approximately themselves. In California, Ruyu is helping a neighborhood lady deal with her kin and residential, warding off entanglements, as she has performed all her lifestyles. In Wisconsin, Moran visits her ex-husband, whose kindness as soon as overcame her flight into solitude. In Beijing, Boyang struggles to accommodate an lack of ability to like, and with the result of what occurred one of the 3 neighbors 20 years before.
Brilliantly written, a panoramic page-turner, Kinder Than Solitude resonates with provocative observations approximately human nature and existence. In enchanting prose, and with profound perception, Yiyun Li unfolds this striking tale, while she explores the influence of character and the previous at the form of a person’s current and future.

Praise for Kinder Than Solitude
“This is a phenomenal novel, and Yiyun Li has grown into one in all our significant novelists.”—Salman Rushdie
“Yiyun Li infuses the normal shape with a clean, rigorous attractiveness and a feeling of permanence and lengthening value.”Mona Simpson, writer of My Hollywood
“[A] glossy, strong novel in regards to the weight of reminiscence, the brunt of loss and the myriad methods the previous can crimp the soul . . . Li provides us presents of lovely prose. . . . hardly are traditional people given such eloquent witness.”The Washington Post
“What makes [Kinder Than Solitude] so bright is its humanity. . . . it really is an inquiry into how the earlier scars us, shaping current and destiny, and a few deeds, as soon as devoted, can by no means be undone.”—Los Angeles Times
“[Li’s] actual present . . . is outdated storytelling [and] a feeling existence, a complete existence, will be captured on pages.”—The Boston Globe
“A lovely, darkish, and lovely booklet . . . Yiyun Li writes with attribute genius.”—Paul Harding, writer of Tinkers and Enon

From the Hardcover edition.

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Download E-books China's Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges PDF

By Minky Worden

With contributions from probably the most good revered and skilled chinese language writers, reporters, and organizers, China's nice jump examines the People's Republic of China as its executive and 1.3 billion humans arrange for the 2008 Olympic video games. whilst Beijing first sought the video games, China used to be nonetheless getting better from the upheavals of Maoist rule and adapting to a marketplace revolution. at the present time, China desires to interact with the skin world--while totally controlling the engagement. How will the recent leaders in Beijing deal with the Olympic method and the inner and exterior pressures for reform it creates? China's nice jump will light up China's fresh historical past and description how household and overseas pressures within the context of the Olympics may well in achieving human rights switch. know about key parts for human rights reform and the way the Olympics may perhaps characterize a potential nice breakthrough for the folk of China and for the realm.

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