World Eras, Vol. 7: Imperial China, 617-1644
Each volume in series focuses on the covered era in 10 lengthy, detailed chapters covering geography, arts, communication, social class, economics, politics, law, military, leisure, recreation, family, social trends, religion, philosophy, sci-tech, health & important peoples. Sidebars in articles cover persons, books & artifacts. Glossary, illustrations, documentary sources and references included. Excellent starting point for the period.