J.A.G. Roberts Sutton Publishing xvi + 320pp 20.00 [pounds sterling] ISBN: 0-86299-847-6
In his latest publication, J.A.G. Roberts, Principal Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, offers an excellent propaedeutic scaffold in the true sense of the word (from the Greek: to teach beforehand, hence preliminary instruction).
J.A.G. Roberts' major contribution stems from the restraint he adopts in presenting the various interpretations of the development of imperial China into a modern nation.
In this first volume of A History of China, J.A.G. Roberts (Principle Lecturer in the University of Huddersfield) has managed to by-pass many pitfalls by concentrating on a chronological 'overview' of Chinese history whilst giving an outline of recent archaeological discoveries, as well as historical approaches and interpretations from both eastern and western perspectives.
As J.A.G. Roberts' emphasis throughout this volume is essentially to give readers an introduction, it is only natural that some elements of Chinese history are omitted or only lightly touched upon.