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A brief history of the dynasties of China (original 2003; edition 2003)
The Dynasties of China: A History by Bamber Gascoigne (2003)
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By focusing on the key characters of the eight major dynasties, Bamber Gascoigne brings to life 3,500 years of Chinese civilization. His account moves swiftly and revealing through the stunning achievements of language and ideas, cultural treasures and imperial palaces, wars won and lands lost, finally to arrive at the 1912 Revolution, which overthrew the Empire and contained within it the seeds of Communism. In this portrait he opens the door to a world that was for so long inaccessible to the West."--BOOK JACKET.
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