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All Under Heaven By Rayne Kruger

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A source of great fascination to the West, the history of China remains largely a mystery to the layman. In a compelling and concise narrative of Chinaa s long and complex history, Rayne Kruger presents an entirely accessible look at this engimatic country.
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All Under Heaven: A Complete History of China by Rayne Kruger

A one--volume narrative history of China, from the earliest inhabitants to the twentieth century, for a popular readership China is a country with an ancient and highly sophisticated civilization of which the Chinese have been justly proud.When the countries of Europe were struggling to move beyond mud huts and stone tools the Chinese already had a highly complex society and were creating works of great beauty. Yet, although it has for many years been a source of great fascination to the West, the history of China remains a mystery to the layman. In this highly accessible narrative written for the general reader, Rayne Kruger produces a synthesis of Chinese history for the non--specialist reader. Rayne Kruger was born in South Africa and began his working life in a Johannesburg goldmine before becoming in succession a lawyer, broadcaster and actor. He emigrated to England in 1947 where he joined the BBC. He wrote a number of successful novels, followed by a history of South Africa (1959) Goodbye Dolly Gray, which has remained in print ever since. An astute business man, he then founded a property group. He subsequently went into partnership with his wife, the successful restauranteur and cookery school entrepreneur Prue Leith (business woman of the year 1990). He died on 21 December 2002.

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All Under Heaven Reviews


"!Kruger posthumously presents a lively synthesis of Chinese history, mythology and customs!" (Western Daily Press, 17 January 2004) "!Kruger's monumental and magnificent book charts 25 centuries of Chinese history ! An astoundingly good volume!" (Scotland on Sunday, 25 January 2004) "! his thoughts are worth hearing, and the author is always good company!" (Daily Telegraph, 24 January 2004)

About Rayne Kruger


Rayne Kruger was born in South Africa and began his working life in a Johannesburg goldmine before becoming in succession a lawyer, broadcaster and actor. He immigrated to England in 1947 where he joined the BBC. He wrote a number of successful novels, followed by a history of South Africa in 1959, Goodbye Dolly Gray, which has remained in print ever since. An astute businessman, he then founded a property group. He subsequently went into partnership with his wife, the successful restaurateur and cookery school entrepreneur, Prue Leith. He died on 21 December 2002.

Table of Contents


Preface. About the author. 1. Ape--men to the Shang (700,000--1750 BC). 2. The Shang (?1523-- ?1027 BC). 3. TheWestern Chou (?1027 -- 771 BC). 4. The Eastern Chou (771--476 BC) -- I. 5. The Eastern Chou (771-- 476 BC) -- II. 6. From Confucius to Empire -- I. 7. From Confucius to Empire -- II. 8. Ch'in into China. 9. The Former Han -- I (206--141 BC). 10. The Former Han -- II: WuTi (141--87 BC). 11. The Former Han -- III (87 BC -- AD 9). 12. Interregnum (AD 9--25) and the Han revived -- I. 13. The Han revived -- II (25--220). 14. Partition (220 -- 589). 15. The Sui (581--618). 16. The T'ang (618--907) -- I. 17. The T'ang (618--907) -- II. 18. TheT'ang (618 -- 907) -- III. 19. Five Dynasties,Ten Kingdoms and the Sung -- I. 20. The Sung -- II (960--1279). 21. The Mongols' YuA" an Dynasty (1271 -- 1368). 22. The Ming -- I (1368--1487). 23. The Ming -- II (1487--1644). 24. The Ming Dynasty in perspective. 25. The Manchus' Ch'ing Dynasty (1644--1911) -- I. 26. Ch'ing: OpiumWars and theTaipings -- II. 27. Into the twentieth century. 28. Epilogue: the twentieth century. Bibliography. Index.

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GOR004465778
All Under Heaven: A Complete History of China by Rayne Kruger
Rayne Kruger
Used - Very Good
Hardback
John Wiley and Sons Ltd
2003-11-21
432
0470865334
9780470865330
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