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This narrative history of China takes in everything from the earliest times to the present day. The book is informed by a wide knowledge of the Asian context and an approach devoid of Euro-centric bias. The book also examines the many non-Chinese elements in China's history, such as the impact of Buddhism, foreign trade, etc.

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John Keay's books include `India Discovered', `The Honourable Company', `Last Post: The End of Empire in the Far East', the two-volume `Explorers of the Western Himalayas', `India: A History', `The Great Arc', `Sowing the Wind: The Seeds of Conflict in the Middle East' and `Mad About the Mekong: Exploration and Empire in South East Asia'. He is married with four children, lives in Scotland, and is the co-author, with Julia Keay, of the `Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland'.

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`There is no understanding China, present or future, without a sense of its past...Anybody fascinated by the puzzle of what comes next for our frail, perplexed planet will find unexpected answers in this crisp, often witty chronicle of amazements.' Peter Preston, Observer'Dynasties lead to world domination: John Keay's forensic analysis of China's history makes the world of the ancient emperors strikingly modern and relevant.' Observer`As John Keay's ambitious new book makes clear...China's history is intoxicatingly interesting and is sure to keep us on the edge of our geopolitical seats.' Independent on Sunday`Absorbingly readable.' Independent`An epic history of China...There's no way of understanding China's stirring future without a sense of its awe-inspiring past.' Traveller magazine

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