A History Of China

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A History Of China

Until Recently We Were Dependent For The Beginnings Of Chinese History
On The Written Chinese Tradition. According To These Sources China's
History Began Either About 4000 B.C. Or About 2700 B.C. With A
Succession Of Wise Emperors Who "Invented" The Elements Of A
Civilization, Such As Clothing, The Preparation Of Food, Marriage, And A
State System; They Instructed Their People In These Things, And So
Brought China, As Early As In The Third Millennium B.C., To An
Astonishingly High Cultural Level. However, All We Know Of The Origin Of
Civilizations Makes This Of Itself Entirely Improbable; No Other
Civilization In The World Originated In Any Such Way. As Time Went On,
Chinese Historians Found More And More To Say About Primeval Times. All
These Narratives Were Collected In The Great Imperial History That
Appeared At The Beginning Of The Manchu Epoch. That Book Was Translated
Into French, And All The Works Written In Western Languages Until Recent
Years On Chinese History And Civilization Have Been Based In The Last
Resort On That Translation.

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