woodcutter Posted July 6, 2004 at 04:37 AM Report Share Posted July 6, 2004 at 04:37 AM I'd like to hear about books in English that people find inspiring on the subject of Chinese history. No.1 I should say must be "Wild Swans", which was voted the most popular book ever in English by a woman in a Waterstone's survey. Phenomenal to beat Jane Austen. "1421: The year China discovered the world" seems to get all manner of people excited, but I haven't read it yet. Red Star over China by Edgar Snow still makes me want to go and join the revolution, even though I like the books by Jasper Becker and Simon Leys which point out Mao's bad points, and the biography by Mao's doctor. I also enjoyed "The Boxer Rebellion" by Diane Preston and Maria Warner's book about Cixi. If you have to write essays on Chinese history then John Fairbank is authoritative without being pretentious, and JAG Roberts gives a good overview of historiography. Any other ideas? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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