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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

About the Author

LILLIAN M. LI is professor of history at Swarthmore College, USA. ALISON J. DRAY-NOVEY is professor of history at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, USA. HAILI KONG is professor of Chinese language, literature, and film at Swarthmore College, USA.


"This is a timely publication, appropriate for the serious reader who would like to understand the social history of Beijing and get an insight into some of its contemporary urban problems. . .The book is well written and will engage the inquisitive reader." --Jeffrey F. Meyer, China Review International "In an engaging style and enlightening narrative, Beijing: From Imperial Capital to Olympic City, tells the fascinating story of how Beijing...made the transition from China's most enduring imperial capital to a center of international commerce in the twenty-first century, as well as the site of the 2008 World Olympics." --Merle Goldman, Professor Emerita of Chinese History, Boston University, and co-author of An Intellectual History of Modern China "This book is a unique excursion through a great past and present, neither misleading the beginner nor disappointing the expert. Indeed, the combination of lucidity, conciseness and deft selection of detail is an amazing accomplishment. The city of Beijing is brilliantly conjured by this book--in time, in space, in humanity, and in significance." --Pamela Kyle Crossley, Professor of History, Dartmouth College, and author of The Manchus (1997) and co-author of Global Society: The World since 1900 (2007) "Useful and applicable to all levels... Recommended." --CHOICE "A treat even for the lay reader." --Simon Kuper, Author of Football Against the Enemy

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