Sunny Y Auyang
This stimulating, uniquely organized, and wonderfully readable comparison of ancient Rome and China offers provocative insights to students and general readers of world history. The book's narrative is clear, completely jargon-free, strikingly independent, and addresses the complete cycles of two world empires. The topics explored include nation formation, state building, empire building, arts of government, strategies of superpowers, and decline and fall.
Table of Contents:
Introduction : mirrors from the deep past
Pt. I. The Roman Republic and pre-imperial China
Nation formation ; State building ; Empire building ; Winning the peace
Pt. II. The Roman and early Chinese empires
Courses of empire ; Arts of government ; Strategies of superpower ; Decline and fall