Thursday, August 07, 2008

THE IMPERIAL CAPITALS OF CHINA and the History of Beijing

As the world watches the Beijng Olympics this week, history buffs will want to look in to the history of that city for a true understanding of China today. Arthur Cottrell's The Imperial Cities of China, just released this month, offers an intriguing study of the characters, political and ideological tensions, and technological genius that defined the imperial cities of China. And Cottrell's closing chapter, "The Last Imperial Capital," offers a riveting short history of Qing Beijing.

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