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By John S. Major, Constance A. Cook

Ancient China: A History surveys the East Asian Heartland sector – the geographical region that finally turned referred to as China – from the Neolithic interval throughout the Bronze Age, to the early imperial period of Qin and Han, as much as the brink of the medieval interval within the 3rd century CE. for many of that lengthy span of time there has been no such position as "China"; the gigantic and sundry territory of the Heartland area used to be domestic to many varied cultures that in basic terms slowly coalesced, culturally, linguistically, and politically, to shape the 1st recognizably chinese language empires.

The box of Early China reports is being revolutionized in our time through a wealth of archaeologically recovered texts and artefacts. significant and prepare dinner draw in this interesting new proof and a wealthy harvest of up to date scholarship to present a leading-edge account of old China and its antecedents. 

With convenient pedagogical positive aspects corresponding to maps and illustrations, in addition to an intensive checklist of ideas for additional analyzing, Ancient China: A History is a vital source for undergraduate and postgraduate classes on chinese language heritage, and people studuing chinese language tradition and Society extra often.

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Genetic and linguistic evidence suggests that this coastal region was the ancestral homeland of the Austronesian (also called Malayo-Polynesian) peoples, great seafarers who spread out to inhabit Taiwan, the Philippines, Borneo, and other points east and west. The island of Taiwan, where distinctive Neolithic cultural remains have been investigated archaeologically, was inhabited solely by Austronesian peoples until early modern times and played no role in the ancient history of the East Asian Heartland Region.

The western limits of the East Asian Heartland Region are entirely bounded by the foothills and high table-lands of the Tibetan Plateau. The plateau covers a much larger area than the present political boundaries of Tibet under Chinese administration. Geographically it also includes the territories of Qinghai and Amdo, as well as the high mountainous areas of western Sichuan and Yunnan. In ancient times there appears to have been little interaction between the East Asian Heartland Region and the sparsely populated Tibetan Plateau, though in later imperial times relations between China and Tibet did develop to some extent.

The Southern Coastal Zone is notable for its many harbors, and archaeological finds of well-preserved ancient ships, both large and small, give strong evidence of a seafaring culture and maritime trade since at least late Neolithic times. More than other far southern regions, the Southern Coastal Zone was in contact with the Sinitic cultures of the north, and the region was brought under Chinese administration early in the imperial era. The South-Central Plateau is a large region of limestone mountains and valleys encompassing the inland portion of modern Guangxi Province, western Hunan, and the eastern half of modern Guizhou Province.

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