What should I read to understand more about Chinese history and politics?

For dynasty period
Imperial China by Mote

I heard The Search For Modern China by Spencer is good to

For the period of 'foreign imperialism'
The Opium War by Julia Lovell

For rough overview of modern China
Mao: The unknown Story.

For Tiananmen Square
The People's Republic of Amnesia by Lim

All the other books on my shelf are about Taiwan, so I don't have any other recommendations than that.

@twsh To understand China, I believe you also need to know about Tibet, Taiwan, and HK.

Tibet is where China is brutally repressing the ughurs, and muslim people in the name of 'rooting out terrorists'. Really they are trying to eradicate their culture, and forcibly assimilate them.

Good book for Tibet
The Struggle for Tibet by Wang Lixiong and Tsering Shakya
(Collection of essays about history of Tibet and the struggle to preserve their culture)


@twsh Taiwan is a huge part of China's jingoism. They try to distract people from their own govts inadequacy - falling wages, poor social safety net, pollution - and channel that anger towards outside forces...namely Taiwan and (before they regained control) HK.

Good book about Taiwan
Forbidden Nation: A History of Taiwan by Jonathan Manthorpe

If you were keeping up with the umbrella movement in HK i found the book

Umbrella by Kong Tsung-Gan

to be an interesting read.



No help on the history but you might enjoy: AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order

An eye-opening book for me.

@twsh There's a book by a former Economist writer that provides a pretty good survey. I think the title starts China: A History...

@mplouffe Thanks! I have a list of things to look at now.

@mplouffe I started Keay's book and I'm enjoying it so far.

@twsh I think I've got it in both hard cover and on Kindle 😆

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