Beijing From Imperial Capital to Olympic City

ISBN-10: 0230605273

ISBN-13: 9780230605275

Edition: N/A

Authors: Lillian M. Li, Alison Dray-Novey, Haili Kong

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Few world cities have a record as long, as fascinating, or as well-documented as Beijing's. A capital almost continuously for more than a thousand years, the city has been Khubilai Khan's Mongol headquarters, home to emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties, and the main stage for Communist-era achievements and upheavals.Beijingis the first book in English to trace this vibrant city's history from its earliest days to the present. It highlights recent changes in the city as its more than fifteen million people live through record-level economic growth and intensive preparations for the 2008 Olympics. Focusing on the lives of ordinary residents and rulers alike, the authors examine the controversial destruction of historic districts as well as the construction of new residential and business districts and Olympic venues. Extensive photographs and paintings, many not previously published, offer a window onto Beijing not only in major phases of its past, but also in its startlingly different present. Compelling and revealing, Beijing arrives just in time for the city's turn in the Olympic spotlight.
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Limited
Publication date: 4/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

The Emergence of Beijing as an Imperial Capital
The Forbidden City and the Qing Emperors
Daily Life in the Inner and Outer Cities
The City Besieged and the Last Emperors
""Old Beijing"" and Republican China
Mao’s Capital and Socialist Transformation
Economic Reform and Cultural Fever
Beijing Boom, Urban Crisis, and the Olympic City
Conclusion: Preserving the Past: The City as Museum and Showcase The Emergence of Beijing as an Imperial Capital
The Forbidden City and the Q
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