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In just three decades China has risen from being a Third World country to taking its place as the world's second largest economy. It has lifted over 600 million people out of poverty while half of the world - over three billion people - still live under the poverty line. The astronomical growth and the potential of China to become the next superpower has attracted wide attention.
These dramatic changes haven't necessarily come by choice. Internal and external pressures, both deeply rooted in history, have compelled China to metamorphose from being a static agricultural society into a diverse modern nation.
As a Beijing resident who has lived through the entire opening-up era that set the stage for today's China, I've experienced the scale and thoroughness of economic and social change. From an historical perspective, such change is irreversible. The great sacrifices and efforts of the Chinese people, both through time and in current events, have not been in vain, despite all the negative implications associated with a country growing at, as some would say, an unsustainable speed.
Understanding China through Comics includes 4 volumes:
Volume 1: The Yellow Emperor through the Han Dynasty (ca. 2697 BC - 220 AD)
Volume 2: The Three Kingdoms through the Tang Dynasty (220 - 907)
Volume 3: The Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms through the Yuan Dynasty under Mongol rule (907 - 1368)
Volume 4: The Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911)
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2013 Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY) Bronze Medal for Graphic Novel (Drama/Documentary), and ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards (BOTYA) 2012 Finalist in Graphic Novels (Adult Nonfiction).
"The history of China has taken a new form as a graphic novel." - Link TV
Understanding China through Comics was featured on BBC newsnight: Jeremy Paxman on China's 'grand ambitions'
"It is certainly a fascinating look at Chinese history, and doing it in comics has certainly made it more accessible to people, especially for the western world." - Radio Australia
"Trying to disentangle, let alone understand, the long history of China is not for the faint of heart. Liu Jing has done us a great service in his Understanding China through Comics. Not only has he made China's history accessible to us, but he has done so with both wit and charm. On top of that, he has offered us lively visual and concrete vignettes that stick in the mind, mapping pivotal events in space and time." - David M Jacobson, historian, foreign expert for the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Northeast Normal University, and co-founder of SinoFile Information Services, Ltd.
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