SBP Blog

Excerpt Wednesday - "Division to Unification in Imperial China" by Jing Liu

Intern Intern - Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This week's excerpt comes from the second of four volumes in our Understanding China Through Comics series, Division to Unification in Imperial China: The Three Kingdoms to the Tang Dynasty (220–907), a book Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, lauds as "a great way to learn about China's vast history!"

Author and artist Jing Liu uses strong ink art and a storyteller’s feel for pace and plot to depict storylines ranging from the political and economic to the cultural and personal. The result is a series of books that don’t simply recount China’s history but also leave readers with a nuanced understanding of the forces that shaped and continue to shape a great nation. Four volumes cover all the great dynasties, upheavals, population movements, and political alliances and rivalries from ancient times up to the modern age. Each volume includes a handy timeline.

Volume 2 explores one of China's more chaotic periods when Chinese culture flourished while civil wars and foreign invasions repeatedly thwarted attempts at unification:

To find out more about our Understanding China Through Comics series, click here.



Like our blog? Please share it!


Subscribe to the SBP Mailing List

New Releases

Tokio Whip

A group of people walk across, around, and all over Tokyo. They talk, talk, talk.

Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun

An unforgettable memoir of the horrors suffered by a Japanese family trapped in Changchun, China, at the end of WW2 


The Osamu Tezuka Story

A documentary manga biography of the influential artist and the birth and evolution of manga and anime in Japan.

A Glossary of Zen Terms

Of special interest to scholars and students of Zen classics, a glossary of specialized vocabulary to aid understanding and practice

In the Woods of Memory

A powerful and thought-provoking novel that raises important questions about World War II, war memory, and US imperialism and blowback.

Japanese Garden Notes

Marc Peter Keane's personal journey through 100 Japanese gardens, looking at them with a designer’s eye.