War and the military have played central roles in shaping modern Chinese history. Worthing demonstrates how these factors have figured decisively in the rise and fall of imperial dynasties, the suppression of internal revolts, the emergence of revolutionary movements, the conduct of China's foreign relations, the development of political parties, the structure of governments, the rise of nationalism and the drive for modernization, all of which have shaped so much of China's modern history. War and the military have played central roles in shaping modern Chinese history. As Worthing demonstrates, the consequences of war and defeat, in both internal and external conflicts, have largely determined the course of history in China, especially in the period since the rise of the Manchu dynasty in the 17th century. Understanding the military history of China is, therefore, essential to an understanding of the Chinese state that is now emerging as a 21st-century military and economic power. Organized chronologically, this book is divided into three sections designed to reveal the manner in which war and the military have influenced the course of Chinese history.
It has always been man's dream to fly. In this book we meet the brave pioneers of the skies who have made that dream come true. John Damian, The Flying Priest, was one of the first men to attempt to fly when he jumped off a Scottish castle in 1506. The Wright Brothers achieved what many before them had failed to do, and became the first men to fly an airplane in 1903. The Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, was a daredevil pilot who ruled the skies over Germany and France in World War One. Charles Lindbergh was a fearless aviator who became the first man to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Amelia Earhart fulfilled her dream of being the first woman to attempt to fly around the world, but at what cost? Felix Baumgartner reminded us that you don't always need a plane to fly when he jumped from space in 2012. Flyers is published by Hippo Books, a publisher dedicated to producing interesting, readable and fun books. This book is suitable for English students with intermediate English or higher. Be sure to check out our other Hippo Graded Readers. About the Authors: Patrick Kennedy is the chief editor at Hippo Books. He is also one of Hippo's principal writers. He is a DELTA qualified English teacher with over ten years' experience teaching in Europe and Asia. Patrick has also written three English language textbook series. He is the author of the Mahoney Green mysteries and has contributed to many of Hippo's short story collections. Cooper Baltis is one of the writers and founders of Hippo Books. He is a former Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at the National University of Mongolia and is TESOL certified. He has taught English in Asia for five years and has published stories in several literary magazines in America. His Hippo books include Hassan and Lulu and My Brother the Giant, as well as many short story collections. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in linguistics, Jill Prior traveled across three continents, teaching English and doing volunteer work. She has contributed to several of Hippo Books' collections of short stories, including Silent Night and Tales of Mythical Creatures. Jill speaks fluent Chinese and is a licensed pilot.
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