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By Paul S. Ropp

Here's a attention-grabbing compact heritage of chinese language political, monetary, and cultural existence, starting from the origins of civilization in China to the start of the twenty first century. Historian Paul Ropp combines shiny story-telling with astute research to make clear a few of the greater questions of chinese language background. what's detailed approximately China compared to different civilizations? What were the foremost adjustments and continuities in chinese language existence over the last 4 millennia? delivering an international standpoint, the ebook exhibits how China's nomadic buddies to the north and west encouraged a lot of the political, army, or even cultural heritage of China. Ropp additionally examines Sino-Indian kin, highlighting the effect of the thriving alternate among India and China in addition to the profound impact of Indian Buddhism on chinese language lifestyles. ultimately, the writer discusses the humiliation of China by the hands of Western powers and Japan, explaining how those contemporary occasions have formed China's quest for wealth, strength and admire this day, and feature coloured China's belief of its personal position in global background.

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Christians depending on parallels and 31 I L L W I N D IN T H E WELL-FIELD universals for their affirmations of Incarnation or Resurrection had to be, however slightly, uneasy : the status of the Bible had somehow become ambiguous. But Chinese depending on parallels and universals for their affirmations of chingt'ien could be calmly unconcerned : for them, the status of the Classics was not ambiguous but perfectly clear and acceptable. The Classics were not classics any more (see Ku Chiehkang vis-à-vis Chang Ping-lin and K'ang Yu-wei, in Volume One), but sources for the Chinese branch of universal history, 5 .

It was not simply a communist dictatorship which established these premises in China, but the appeal of the premises particularly in China which helped to establish the dictatorship. I , EQUIVALENCE AND PERIODIZATION That is why periodization on universal Marxist lines came to seem, in the nineteen-fifties, the favourite task of communist historians. 1 For China alone, it engaged their attention in the highest degree. The situation of chingt'ien was only a particular instance. In monographs, in the three main periodicals (Peking monthlies) devoted to problems of teaching history, and in the scholarly journals, problems of adjusting the outer limits of primitive, slave, feudal, and capitalist society predominated.

Ching-t'ien had to be retained; it made it seem possible to document a general phase of history from famous Chinese sources. 48 Christianity has had its vicissitudes, too, in modern culture (though suffering nothing like the attenuation of Confucianism) ; a Christian comparison may indicate just what it was that Hu Han-min portended for Confucianism. For many centuries particular revelation had been at the heart of the Christian claim to supreme religious value. ), so that the Christian drama began to seem just one of the many that had long been dismissed as pagan.

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