This book gives an excellent short history of China from the beginning of its civilization to the fall of the Manchu Monarchy in the early 20th century. In addition to historical development, there are many chapters devoted to Chinese customs and culture, including their system of government, language, schools, home life, and traditions.
In writing this book I have endeavored to impart as many facts about the Middle Flowery Kingdom as are positively known. Personal observation enters largely into its composition, but I wish to acknowledge my indebtedness to the following writers: D.C. Boulger, Mrs. Bishop, M. von Brandt, A.R. Colquhoun, Sir J.F. Davis, G.N. Curzon, Justus Doolittle, R.S. Gundry, Abbe Huc, Henry Norman and S. Wells Williams.
While this book is written primarily for young people, it is hoped that the information contained in it will be found interesting to older readers.
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