The History of China
3rd Edition
by David Curtis Wright
October 2020, 346pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7439-0
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Tensions exist between China and the United States, but why? And when in China’s history did they first arise?

Chinese society and culture are evolving with a booming economy, expansion, production of consumer and industrial goods, and a growing influence upon the world. The History of China allows readers to delve into the rich history of this powerful nation.

China is both the world’s oldest continuing civilization and an emerging global super power. Over the last two millennia, this rich and complex nation has often been the wealthiest and most populous country on earth—and within a few decades, China may surpass all other nations as the most powerful in the world.

In this third edition of The History of China, readers will find a general survey of China’s long history, ranging from accounts of ancient Chinese civilization to individual dynasties, and its whirlwind transition to modernity and belated arrival into the international community. An extensive new chapter discusses the emergence of Xi Jinping as China’s paramount leader and the bold new directions in which he is taking the country and offers some speculations or predictions about where China is headed in the future. A timeline, appendix of Notable People in the History of China, and bibliography are updated. Ideal for high school and undergraduate students, this volume offers a lively, engaging narrative of the rich history of Chinese civilization through present day.


  • Gives readers a clear chronological march through Chinese history, including the dynasties
  • Covers the startling history of China's technological innovation and scientific discovery
  • Examines the history of China's interactions with non-Chinese peoples and states and draws attention to how they may be relevant to understanding China's international relations today
  • Contains a new chapter covering leader Xi Jinping's rise to power
  • Includes an updated timeline of significant events in the history of China, providing students with an at-a-glance overview of China's history
  • Provides readers with brief biographies of those who have made important contributions to the country's history in an updated appendix of Notable People in the History of China
David Curtis Wright, PhD, is professor of history at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. He is author of From War to Diplomatic Parity in Eleventh-Century China: Sung's Foreign Relations with Kitan Liao (2005) and The Dragon Eyes the Top of the World: Arctic Policy Debate and Discussion in China (2011). He is also coeditor of From Province to Republic to Colony: The James Wheeler Davidson Collection on the Origins and Early Development of Japanese Rule in Taiwan, 1895–1905 (2017).

The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations

Every school and public library should update its resources with these engagingly written and succinct narrative histories of the world’s nations covering prehistoric times through today. Based on the most recent scholarship, each history provides a chronological narrative examining the political, cultural, philosophical, and religious continuities in the featured nation’s long, rich history in an exploration of how its people came to be who they are today. Each volume includes a chronological narrative history, a timeline of events, biographical sketches of key figures, a glossary, and a bibliographic essay.
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