With a design inviting to today's students, this full-color concise book emphasizes Chinese cultural history while also covering political and economic history. Highlighting key topics with 89 illustrations, including maps, timelines, and other photos, this text provides brief, yet complete coverage of each major Chinese dynasty. To round off the book, additional discrete periods are examined in a separate chapter. New co-author, Miranda Brown covers the first three chapters, China in Antiquity, Turbulent Times in Classical Thought, and The Early Imperial Period, while Conrad Schirokauer writes the balance of the text. This text also addresses recent developments in China, up to and including the massacre at Tiananmen Square, Foreign Relations and Hong Kong and Intellectuals and Artists in the Nineties and Into the New Century.