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Japanese travel poster for the Great Wall of China,1937 © Bridgeman Images.

The story of China and Japan, and the periodic efforts to find a modus vivendi.

Mao Zedong (second from left) meeting farm workers to congratulate them on their yield, 9 February 1958 © Hulton Getty Images.

How China’s landscape prevented even greater losses in the Great Famine.

He Xian Gu on a celestial crane, from the album of 18 Taoist paintings by Zhang Lu (1464-1538), displayed in the Shanghai Museum.

The Taoist Immortal.

Empire 1.0: Florence Preston drives in the last peg of the Uganda Railway.

Though much of the West has withdrawn from empire, one of the world’s rising powers offers the latest twist on imperialism.  

The 19th and 20th centuries saw a revolution in Chinese forensic science, when traditional techniques were replaced by new methods from the West. Today, the world confronts another moment of transformation in forensic science.

Reparations paid by the Chinese to the US following the Boxer Rebellion were used to open Tsinghua University in Beijing on 11 April, 1911.

The Summer Palace, Beijing.

A multi-authored and beautifully illustrated volume endeavours to find detailed answers to complex questions about modern Chinese history.

Portrait of K’ung Fu-tzu (Latinised to Confucius). Copyright Bridgeman Images

A short introduction to the Chinese ethical system.

Cultural Revolution propaganda poster, late 1960s

Mao Zedong’s brutal campaign to purify Communist China, which began in the early 1960s, resulted in a decade of chaos that has left an indelible stain on the nation’s politics.

Blood on the tracks: a portrait of Mao adorns a freight train in Yuhsien County, Shansi Province, May 5th, 1958.

Frank Dikötter explains how the gradual opening of Chinese archives has revealed the appalling truth about Chairman Mao’s genocidal rule.