One of Australia’s foremost sinologists distils the sprawling history of China into a pacey, readable account of its origins, impact and influence. Named as one of the top five books on China of 2021, Linda Jaivin’s The Shortest History of China explores everything from China’s philosophical genesis to its contemporary political system. Richly informative and highly entertaining, this compact survey is the perfect introduction to China in all its complexity.
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Linda Jaivin has been studying Chinese politics, language and culture for more than forty years. She has been a foreign correspondent in China, and is co-editor of the China Story Yearbook, an associate of the Australian Centre on China in the World at the Australian National University and the author of twelve books.
Prof Jacqueline Lo is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) of the University of Adelaide. Her research focuses on issues of race, colonialism, diaspora and the interaction of cultures and communities across ethnic, national and regional borders and she has published extensively in areas of cross-cultural engagement and cultural studies in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. She is the Founding Chair of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network and was awarded the Chevalier Ordre des Palmes Académiques in 2014.