A Brief History of China tells of the development of a rich and complex civilization where the use of paper, writing, money, and gunpowder were widespread in ancient times and where silk, ceramics, tea, metal implements, and other products were produced and exported around the globe. It examines the special conditions that allowed a single culture to unify an entire continent spanning 10 billion square kilometers under the rule of a single man-and the unbelievably rich artistic, literary and architectural heritage that Chinese culture has bequeathed to the world. Equally fascinating is the story of China's decline in the nineteenth and early twentieth century-as Europeans and Americans took center stage-and its modern resurgence as an economic powerhouse in recent years.
In his retelling of a Chinese history stretching back 5,000 years, author and China-expert Jonathan Clements focuses on the human stories which led to the powerful transformations in Chinese society-from the unification of China under its first emperor, Qinshi Huangdi, to the Mongol invasion under Genghis Khan and the consolidation of Communist rule under Mao Zedong. Clements even brings listeners through to the present day, outlining China's economic renaissance under Deng Xiaoping and Xi Jinping.
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by Jonathan Clements
by Jonathan Boff
by Dave Bara
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"Twelve hours may sound a bit long for a "brief" audiobook history, but when the subject is China, time flies all too quickly, in more ways than one. Jonathan Clements and Julian Elfer, author and narrator, are both masters of pacing. They also teamed up for A BRIEF HISTORY OF JAPAN. Clements is especially effective in alternating broad historical summaries with specific historical figures and episodes. Elfer, with his steady and flexible voice, is able to sustain narrative flow while also achieving a sense of immediacy. The history captures and holds you, even if the dynasties and centuries sometimes blend together. A surprising amount of information will stay with you, along with a vivid sense of the sweep and magnitude of Chinese history. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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