Reviews Stephen G. Haw. Beijing: A Concise History. London: Routledge, 2007. xii, 212 pp. Hardcover $150.00, Isbn 978-0-415-39906-7. The main part of this book (pp. 1133) is divided into an introduction and ten chapters that each deals with a particular period of the long history of Beijing and its surrounding area. The rest of the book (pp. 134203), excluding a bibliography and an index, covers many practically useful subjects related to the city's history, culture, and scenic sites. Readers can find in this part descriptions of Tian'an Men Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and other imperial parks, important temples, religious sites, museums, the Great Wall, imperial tombs, local food, and the so-called "northern barbarians" that were closely related to the city's history. For example, readers are introduced to--in addition to the internationally renowned "Peking Duck"-- tanghulu, a type of popular snack that every local Beijinger knows. In the introduction, Haw has placed Beijing in a historical context of long interactions between China proper and the northern frontier. Haw points out that as a northern capital, which the city's name means, Beijing was originally built by different non-Chinese groups while the capital of China proper was located
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Nov 28, 2008
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