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Old 03-15-2012, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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I have been watching some fascinating documentaries on China recently ( political and social commentary with some history sprinkled in) and have decided I am far too ignorant about this immense and culturally varied land.

I know very little about it apart from what I was taught in History and Politics classes and would like to widen my knowledge a little bit.

I have read a couple of books about it but would like some recommendations for a "general" potted history of China and then maybe one of "Modern China" from the Boxer rebellion until today.

I would be grateful for any recommendation you can throw my way ! Thanks.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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A couple I've tried are Socialism is Great! by Lijia Zhang and Wild Swans by Jung Chang altho they are really about recent history.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:37 AM
 
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China: A History by John Keay
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:39 PM
 
Location: L.A. Westside
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I'm currently reading China by Patricia Buckley Ebrey. It's a good book.
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:16 PM
 
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Wild Swans by Jung Chang was also my first thought.
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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You might enjoy a nonfiction book called "Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of New China" by John Pomfret. I read it in 2009 and thoroughly enjoyed it as did my nonfiction book discussion group.

Amazon.com: Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China (9780805086645): John Pomfret: Books

Scroll down for the book description.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:08 AM
 
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You might want to try "China Doll" by Talia Carner.
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