A Brief History of China…or Chinese History in 45 minutes

I recently taught a week-long residential course for Gifted and Talented Students on the topic of China. The course covered a variety of aspects of Chinese, culture, economics, history, and geography. One of the first sessions provided a broad overview of Chinese history, and I managed to pack around 6000 years of history into 45 minutes. The presentation that accompanied this session can be seen below.


If you’re interested in Chinese history I would recommend a couple of books for a general overview:

China: A History by John Keay

Cambridge Illustrated History of China by Patricia Buckley Ebrey

The Dragon and the Foreign Devils: China and the World 1100BC to Present by Harry Geiber

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