Understanding China Through Comics (1 – 4)
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(Vol. 1) Foundations of Chinese Civilization: The Yellow Emperor to the Han Dynasty (2697 BCE – 220 CE)
(Vol. 2) Division to Unification in Imperial China: The Three Kingdoms to the Tang Dynasty (220–907)
(Vol. 3) Barbarians and the Birth of Chinese Identity: The Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms to the Yuan Dynasty (907–1368)
(Vol. 4) The Making of Modern China: The Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty (1368–1912)
Author and artist Jing Liu uses strong ink art and a storyteller’s feel for pace and plot to depict storylines ranging from the political and economic to the cultural and personal. The result is a series of books that don’t simply recount China’s history but also leave readers with a nuanced understanding of the forces that shaped and continue to shape a great nation.
Four volumes cover all the great dynasties, upheavals, population movements, and political alliances and rivalries from ancient times up to the modern age. Each volume includes a handy timeline.