This second volume paints a vivid picture in answer to such questions as:
• What are the origins of the ethnic Chinese?• Are Chinese people religious?• What are the major Chinese cultural heritages and how were they created?• What was China like when a centralized government fell and the empire was divided among several regional states?• When people talk about “China’s great restoration” and China reclaiming its place as a world superpower, what are they referring to?• Why is there such a strong drinking tradition at Chinese business banquets?
Understanding China through Comics Vol. 2 begins with the massive wars during China’s Age of Division and continues through the end of the Tang Dynasty -- a period in which different races, religions and philosophies come together. They fight and learn from each other, sparking new ideas and creating a new culture which continues to define the Chinese today.
New perspectives on Chinese history help explain complicated chains-of-events and uncover the driving forces behind the critical changes that shaped China. Research spans classic Chinese texts and contemporary historical works, including: ‘Records of the Grand Historian’ by Sima Qian, the father of Chinese history; ‘History of China’ by pre-liberation historian Wang Tongling; ‘The General History of China’ by his contemporary Lü Simian; ‘The Analects’ of Confucius; and historical information embedded in ancient Chinese paintings.
Understanding China through Comics includes three volumes:Volume One: The Yellow Emperor through the Han Dynasty (ca. 2697 BC - 220 AD)Volume Two: The Three Kingdoms through the Tang Dynasty (220 - 907)Volume Three: The Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms through the Qing Dynasty (907 - 1911)...Continua