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A broad and well-written overview of Chinese history from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century. Brook uses stories and anecdotes to illuminate historical trends with grace and skill. For those interested in Chinese history, and for comparative historians, this is a very useful book. -- Peter Ditmanson, University of Oxford
Timothy Brook is Professor of History and Republic of China Chair at the University of British Columbia.
Brook has given a readers a fast-paced, intriguing account of the Yuan and Ming dynasties that will be read and enjoyed for many years to come. -- David D. Buck Canadian Journal of History 20110801 Brook's ecological approach to China is both original and timely: for also China's rulers of today are faced with widespread social tension deriving from environmental calamity and natural catastrophe. -- Tjalling Halbertsma Journal of Asian History 20110601 One of those rare works that appeal to both academic and general readers. Its readable prose and intriguing storytelling, coupled with the emphasis on total history, make it more accessible to students at different levels... The Troubled Empire is an outstanding macro study of the Yuan-Ming dynasties by a leading authority on Chinese history. -- Wensheng Wang Journal of World History 20120301