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Excellent Things in Women: A Memoir of Postcolonial Pakistan (Chicago Shorts)

by Sara Suleri Goodyear

Sometimes, only the most heartbreaking memories possess the capacity—in their elegiac immediacy—to take our breath away. With Excellent Things in Women, Sara Suleri offers the reader a delicately wrought memoir of life in postcolonial Pakistan. Suleri intertwines the violent history of Pakistan's independence with her own intimate experiences—relating the tumult of growing up female during a time of fierce change in the Middle East in the 1960s and ’70s. In the two selections presented here, “Excellent Things in Women” and “Meatless Days,” we watch as Suleri re-encounters the relationships that inform her voyage from adolescence to womanhood—with her Welsh mother; her Pakistani father, prominent political journalist Z. A. Suleri; and her tenacious grandmother, Dadi, along...

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Arts & Literature, Specific Groups, History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 39 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 24 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 3.70 / 5
380 reviews

Wrong Place (DI Sally Parker Thriller Book 1)

by M A Comley

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Genre: Arts & Photography, Dance, Fashion, Film & Video, Music, Photography, Pop Culture, Television, Biography & True Accounts, Arts & Literature, Ethnic, Historical, Leaders & Notable People, Memoirs, Professionals & Academics, Reference & Collections, Travel, Business & Finance, Business Life, Economics, Finance, Investing, Marketing & Sales, Personal Finance, Reference, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Children's eBooks, Arts, Music & Photography, Computers & Internet, Religion & Spirituality, Science, Nature & How It Works, Sport & Outdo
Size: 181 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 24 September 2018 onward  

THE MIGHTY AMAR SINGH RATHOR: The Gallantry of Rajputs

by Venkatareddy Macha

I am privileged to pen this master piece. I took the main plot of the story and did some of the modifications to the acts of the play form the history which covered the reign of Shajahan from AD 1630 to the death of Amar Singh Rathor in 1644. It is not an imitation of any anybody, it is partially Indian history and the remaining act is fictitious act. It is not intended to anybody.
The mighty Amar Singh Rathor is a romantic and patriotic play. Due to cinema and TV the dramatic art slowly defamed. It is not an exaggeration to say, the present generation of the rural folk once who entertained the dramatic art never had a glance at it, it is losing it fame and diminishing. If it has gone few more years the drama may extinct from the rural scene. Once it is glorified with its name and fa...

Genre: Fiction, Drama, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama & Criticism
Size: 97 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 24 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 4.60 / 5
6 reviews

Gandhi: Racist or Revolutionary?

by Pieter Friedrich

Gandhi has been called the “Father of India” and his name is often invoked as a synonym for peaceful revolution, compassion, and racial harmony. Many leaders, scholars, and academics have continued to uphold this narrative of Gandhi for decades. But is there another side to Gandhi’s legacy which has been suppressed? This booklet examines the topic of whether Gandhi was a racist or a revolutionary by delving into his words and actions on three major topics — personal morality, the caste system, and the African people....

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Historical, Specific Groups, History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 22 September 2018 onward  

The Hegemony of Heritage: Ritual and the Record in Stone (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Deborah L. Stein

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.The Hegemony of Heritage makes an original and significant contribution to our understanding of how the relationship of architectural objects and societies to the built environment changes over time. Studying two surviving medieval monuments in southern Rajasthan—the Ambika Temple in Jagat and the Ékalingji Temple Complex in Kailaspuri—the author looks beyond their divergent sectarian affiliations and patronage structures to underscore many aspects of common practice. This book offers new and extremely valuable insights into these important monuments, illuminating the entangled politics of antiquity and revealing ...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Art, History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 312 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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A Colonial Affair: Commerce, Conversion, and Scandal in French India

by Danna Agmon

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Genre: History, Asia, Europe, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences
Size: 236 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Language of the Snakes: Prakrit, Sanskrit, and the Language Order of Premodern India (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Andrew Ollett

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.Language of the Snakes traces the history of the Prakrit language as a literary phenomenon, starting from its cultivation in courts of the Deccan in the first centuries of the common era. Although little studied today, Prakrit was an important vector of the kavya movement and once joined Sanskrit at the apex of classical Indian literary culture. The opposition between Prakrit and Sanskrit was at the center of an enduring “language order” in India, a set of ways of thinking about, naming, classifying, representing, and ultimately using languages. As a language of classical literature that nevertheless retained its as...

Genre: Fiction, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 290 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 September 2018 onward  

Placing Empire: Travel and the Social Imagination in Imperial Japan

by Kate McDonald

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.Placing Empire examines the spatial politics of Japanese imperialism through a study of Japanese travel and tourism to Korea, Manchuria, and Taiwan between the late nineteenth century and the early 1950s. In a departure from standard histories of Japan, this book shows how debates over the role of colonized lands reshaped the social and spatial imaginary of the modern Japanese nation and how, in turn, this sociospatial imaginary affected the ways in which colonial difference was conceptualized and enacted. The book thus illuminates how ideas of place became central to the production of new forms of colonial hierarchy as...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences
Size: 231 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 September 2018 onward  

Taiwan and China: Fitful Embrace

by Lowell Dittmer

A free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. China’s relation to Taiwan has been in constant contention since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in October 1949 and the creation of the defeated Kuomintang (KMT) exile regime on the island two months later. The island’s autonomous sovereignty has continually been challenged, initially because of the KMT’s insistence that it continue to represent not just Taiwan but all of China—and later because Taiwan refused to cede sovereignty to the then-dominant power that had arisen on the other side of the Taiwan Strait. One thing that makes Taiwan so politically difficult and yet so intellectually...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 284 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 September 2018 onward  

Modernizing Composition: Sinhala Song, Poetry, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Sri Lanka (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Garrett Field

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.   The study of South Asian music falls under the purview of ethnomusicology, whereas that of South Asian literature falls under South Asian studies. As a consequence of this academic separation, scholars rarely take notice of connections between South Asian song and poetry. Modernizing Composition overcomes this disciplinary fragmentation by examining the history of Sinhala-language song and poetry in twentieth-century Sri Lanka. Garrett Field describes how songwriters and poets modernized song and poetry in response to colonial and postcolonial formations. The story of this modernization is significant in that it shi...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Music, Fiction, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Political History & Theory
Size: 171 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 September 2018 onward  

Outcasts of Empire: Japan's Rule on Taiwan's Savage Border, 1874-1945: Japan's Rule on Taiwan's "Savage Border," 1874-1945 (Asia Pacific Modern)

by Paul D. Barclay

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.Outcasts of Empire unveils the causes and consequences of capitalism’s failure to “batter down all Chinese walls” in modern Taiwan. Adopting micro- and macrohistorical perspectives, Paul D. Barclay argues that the interpreters, chiefs, and trading-post operators who mediated state-society relations on Taiwan’s “savage border” during successive Qing and Japanese regimes rose to prominence and faded to obscurity in concert with a series of “long nineteenth century” global transformations.   Superior firepower and large economic reserves ultimately enabled Japanese statesmen to discard mediators on the bor...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 322 pages
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Polemics and Patronage in the City of Victory: Vyasatirtha, Hindu Sectarianism, and the Sixteenth-Century Vijayanagara Court (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Valerie Stoker

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program for monographs. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.   How did the patronage activities of India’s Vijayanagara Empire (c. 1346–1565) influence Hindu sectarian identities? Although the empire has been commonly viewed as a Hindu bulwark against Islamic incursion from the north or as a religiously ecumenical state, Valerie Stoker argues that the Vijayanagara court was selective in its patronage of religious institutions. To understand the dynamic interaction between religious and royal institutions in this period, she focuses on the career of the Hindu intellectual and monastic leader Vyasatirtha. An agent of the state and a powerful religious authority, V...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Hinduism, Religious Studies
Size: 232 pages
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The Book of Samurai: Fundamental Samurai Teachings SAMPLER

by Antony Cummins

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Genre: History, Asia, Military
Size: 424 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Writing Self, Writing Empire: Chandar Bhan Brahman and the Cultural World of the Indo-Persian State Secretary (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Rajeev Kinra

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s new open access publishing program for monographs. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.Writing Self, Writing Empire examines the life, career, and writings of the Mughal state secretary, or munshi, Chandar Bhan “Brahman” (d. c.1670), one of the great Indo-Persian poets and prose stylists of early modern South Asia.  Chandar Bhan’s life spanned the reigns of four different emperors, Akbar (1556-1605), Jahangir (1605-1627), Shah Jahan (1628-1658), and Aurangzeb ‘Alamgir (1658-1707), the last of the “Great Mughals” whose courts dominated the culture and politics of the subcontinent at the height of the empire’s power, territorial reach, and global influence.  As a high-caste H...

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Specific Groups, Fiction, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 394 pages
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Imperial Genus: The Formation and Limits of the Human in Modern Korea and Japan (Asia Pacific Modern)

by Travis Workman

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s open access publishing program for monographs. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.Imperial Genus begins with the turn to world culture and ideas of the generally human in Japan’s cultural policy in Korea in 1919. How were concepts of the human’s genus-being operative in the discourses of the Japanese empire? How did they inform the imagination and representation of modernity in colonial Korea? Travis Workman delves into these questions through texts in philosophy, literature, and social science.  Imperial Genus focuses on how notions of human generality mediated uncertainty between the transcendental and the empirical, the universal and the particular, and empire and colony. It show...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 324 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 September 2018 onward  

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Child's Play: Multi-Sensory Histories of Children and Childhood in Japan

by Sabine Frühstück and Anne Walthall

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. Few things make Japanese adults feel quite as anxious today as the phenomenon called the “child crisis.” Various media teem with intense debates about bullying in schools, child poverty, child suicides, violent crimes committed by children, the rise of socially withdrawn youngsters, and forceful moves by the government to introduce a more conservative educational curriculum. These issues have propelled Japan into the center of a set of global conversations about the nature of children and how to raise them. Engaging both the history of children and childhood and the history of emotions, contributors to this volume ...

Genre: Children's eBooks, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 286 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 3.80 / 5
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World War 2 Japan: (Pearl Harbour - Pacific Theater - Iwo Jima - Battle for the Solomon Islands - Okinawa - Nagasaki - Atomic Bomb)

by Stephan Weaver

★★★ WWII JAPAN ★★★
The story of Japanese involvement in WWII is one that includes a number of amazing events between 1939 and 1945. The Japanese went from fighting against just the Chinese to attempting to practically take on the entire world at the one time.

Inside you will learn about...
✓ The Attack on Pearl Harbor
✓ The Pacific War Begins
✓ The Completion of the War Plan.
✓ Attacking Australia and Further Expansion
✓ Battle of the Coral Sea
✓ The Battle for the Solomon Islands
✓ The Bomb
✓ The Japanese Surrender
And much more!

This is a story of rapid expansion, an attempt at consolidation, and ultimately, retreat and massacre. It is a story of honor, of Allied unity, and ...

Genre: History, Asia, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 33 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 September 2018 onward  

A Vietnamese Moses: Philiphe Binh and the Geographies of Early Modern Catholicism

by George E. Dutton

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.  A Vietnamese Moses is the story of Philiphê Binh, a Vietnamese Catholic priest who in 1796 traveled from Tonkin to the Portuguese court in Lisbon to persuade its ruler to appoint a bishop for his community of ex-Jesuits. Based on Binh’s surviving writings from his thirty-seven-year exile in Portugal, this book examines how the intersections of global and local Roman Catholic geographies shaped the lives of Vietnamese Christians in the early modern era. The book also argues that Binh’s mission to Portugal and his intense lobbying on behalf of his community reflected the agency of Vietnamese Catholics, who vigorously...

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Specific Groups, History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 352 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 September 2018 onward  

Ginseng and Borderland: Territorial Boundaries and Political Relations Between Qing China and Choson Korea, 1636-1912

by Seonmin Kim

A free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.  Ginseng and Borderland explores the territorial boundaries and political relations between Qing China and Choson Korea during the period from the early seventeenth to the late nineteenth centuries. By examining a unique body of materials written in Chinese, Manchu, and Korean, and building on recent studies in New Qing History, Seonmin Kim adds new perspectives to current understandings of the remarkable transformation of the Manchu Qing dynasty (1636–1912) from a tribal state to a universal empire. This book discusses early Manchu history and explores the Qing Empire’s policy of controlling Manchuria and Ch...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 224 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 September 2018 onward  

Hindu Pluralism: Religion and the Public Sphere in Early Modern South India (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Elaine M. Fisher

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. In Hindu Pluralism, Elaine M. Fisher complicates the traditional scholarly narrative of the unification of Hinduism. By calling into question the colonial categories implicit in the term “sectarianism,” Fisher’s work excavates the pluralistic textures of precolonial Hinduism in the centuries prior to British intervention. Drawing on previously unpublished sources in Sanskrit, Tamil, and Telugu, Fisher argues that the performance of plural religious identities in public space in Indian early modernity paved the way for the emergence of a distinctively non-Western form of religious pluralism. This work provides a c...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Hinduism
Size: 262 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 3.80 / 5
12 reviews

Mao Zedong: A Life From Beginning to End

by Hourly History

Mao Zedong* * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * *Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet.For a champion of the poor, Mao Zedong was born to a wealthy aristocratic family in Shaoshan, Hunan China. As an adolescent, he once had to defend his father’s farm from starving peasants during a famine, who wished to seize his father's land and steal his grain. This same Mao would later promote a policy of land reform that would give those peasants the green light to violently overthrow the rich land owners all over the Chinese countryside. Inside you will read about...✓ Where Revolution Was Made ✓ Mao Comes Into His Own ✓ Mao, the Pragmatist ✓ From Nanking to Pearl Harbor ✓ Consolidating Power ✓ Mao’s Stranglehold ✓ Mao Lo...

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Leaders & Notable People, Specific Groups, History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 45 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 September 2018 onward  

Confucianism: Its Roots and Global Significance (Confucian Cultures)

by Ming-huei Lee and David Jones

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Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Other Eastern Religions
Size: 172 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 September 2018 onward  

Confucianisms for a Changing World Cultural Order (Confucian Cultures)

by Roger T. Ames and Peter D. Hershock

In a single generation, the rise of Asia has precipitated a dramatic sea change in the world’s economic and political orders. This reconfiguration is taking place amidst a host of deepening global predicaments, including climate change, migration, increasing inequalities of wealth and opportunity, that cannot be resolved by purely technical means or by seeking recourse in a liberalism that has of late proven to be less than effective. The present work critically explores how the pan-Asian phenomenon of Confucianism offers alternative values and depths of ethical commitment that cross national and cultural boundaries to provide a new response to these challenges. When searching for resources to respond to the world’s problems, we tend to look to those that are most familiar: Single acto...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Other Eastern Religions, Religious Studies
Size: 284 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 September 2018 onward  

Broken Voices: Postcolonial Entanglements and the Preservation of Korea’s Central Folksong Traditions (Music and Performing Arts of Asia and the Pacific)

by Roald Maliangkay

Broken Voices is the first English-language book on Korea’s rich folksong heritage, and the first major study of the effects of Japanese colonialism on the intangible heritage of its former colony. Folksongs and other music traditions continue to be prominent in South Korea, which today is better known for its technological prowess and the Korean Wave of popular entertainment. In 2009, many Koreans reacted with dismay when China officially recognized the folksong Arirang, commonly regarded as the national folksong in North and South Korea, as part of its national intangible cultural heritage. They were vindicated when versions from both sides of the DMZ were included in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity a few years later. At least on a nationa...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Art, Music, History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 264 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 September 2018 onward  

Rethinking Japanese Feminisms

by Julia C. Bullock and Ayako Kano

Rethinking Japanese Feminisms offers a broad overview of the great diversity of feminist thought and practice in Japan from the early twentieth century to the present. Drawing on methodologies and approaches from anthropology, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, history, literature, media studies, and sociology, each chapter presents the results of research based on some combination of original archival research, careful textual analysis, ethnographic interviews, and participant observation.The volume is organized into sections focused on activism and activists, employment and education, literature and the arts, and boundary crossing. Some chapters shed light on ideas and practices that resonate with feminist thought but find expression through the work of writers, artists, act...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 310 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 September 2018 onward  

Sounding Islam: Voice, Media, and Sonic Atmospheres in an Indian Ocean World

by Patrick Eisenlohr

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Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Islam
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
8 reviews

Uprooted: A Vietnamese Family's Journey - 1935-1975

by David Lucas

The ancient Vietnamese life in which Tung was raised is being torn apart. It is not enough to work hard and grow rice anymore. Now every farmer in Mai Dong has to pick a side.

The French or the Communists.

"They are going to murder your father."

Intelligence, humility and graft made Que an honorable figure in Mai Dong. His values ensured the family's survival through famine and flood. They will not protect him against the Communists, who need class-enemy victims for their land reform campaign.

Tung becomes protector and provider for the family, who struggle to stick together as World War Two, the French Indochinese War, and the American War tear his country apart over forty years.

Vietnam becomes the battleground for th...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Travel
Size: 399 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 September 2018 onward  

Parameters of Disavowal: Colonial Representation in South Korean Cinema (Global Korea)

by Jinsoo An

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. The colonial experience of the early twentieth century shaped Korea’s culture and identity, leaving a troubling past that was subtly reconstructed in South Korean postcolonial cinema. Relating postcolonial discourses to a reading of Manchurian action films, kisaeng and gangster films, and revenge horror films, Parameters of Disavowal shows how filmmakers reworked, recontextualized, and erased ideas and symbols of colonial power. In particular, Jinsoo An examines how South Korean films privileged certain sites, such as the kisaeng house and the Manchurian frontier, generating unique meanings that challenged the do...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Film & Video, History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 208 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 September 2018 onward  

Imperial Technology and 'Native' Agency: A Social History of Railways in Colonial India, 1850-1920 (Empires and the Making of the Modern World, 1650-2000)

by Aparajita Mukhopadhyay

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Genre: History, Asia, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Transportation, Politics & Social Sciences
Size: 254 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 September 2018 onward  

Rating: 3.40 / 5
13 reviews

The History of China in 50 Events: (Opium Wars - Marco Polo - Sun Tzu - Confucius - Forbidden City - Terracotta Army - Boxer Rebellion) (History by Country Timeline Book 2)

by Henry Freeman

☆ Chinese History in 50 Events ☆
As one of the oldest civilizations in the world, China has a vast, rich history. In order to assist with the study of Chinese history, this book has been broken down into a series of straightforward, easy-to-read vignettes.

Inside you will read about...
✓ The Great Flood
✓ The Great Wall is begun
✓ The Terra Cotta Army is created
✓ Gunpowder is invented
✓ Great Anti-Buddhist Persecution
✓ Marco Polo travels to China
✓ The Forbidden City is completed
✓ First Opium War
✓ SARS outbreak
And much more!

This book will provide in-depth insights into some of the most important events in Chinese history while providing an overall context within which ...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 40 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 15 September 2018 onward  

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