Hey guys, on a previous post someone asked about books pertaining to Imperial (and Ancient) Chinese History. The books I'm going to list were my college text books this past fall in a History of China to 1800 class.
So, I do want to say that I love to see all of you interested in Chinese history! The first book is The Open Empire: A History of China to 1800 by Hansen (Second Edition) and the second book is Sources of Chinese Tradition Second Edition, Volume 1 compiled by WM. Theodore de Bary and Irene Bloom.
Just a heads up, the open empire is more of a nonfiction summary and the sources of chinese tradition are a compilation of translated primary and secondary sources. Our class read from the Hansen book as a general summary and guide, while using the Bloom and de Bary book for specific examples of pieces and topics brought up in the Hansen one.
Feel free to let me know if you have any questions, my second major is Asian Studies (focus in Chinese) and I'm taking another Chinese history class this semester— I'm no pro, but I may be able to point you in the right direction. Additionally, I may have messed up the flair, so I apologize, this is my first post here, but I'm a huge r/history fan!
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