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Suggested Reading

Hs, The Rise of Modern China.

Huang, 1587: A Year of No Significance.
Pomeranz, The Great Divergence.
Spence, The Search for Modern China.

Questions to Consider
1. What were the key sources of Chinese imperial longevity, and which of
these were unique to China?
2. Who was Admiral Zheng He, and how did he play a critical role in
closing China to the outside world for 400 years?