In 1934, Longmans, Green published (under their juvenile imprint) an excellent one volume Pageant of Chinese History by Elizabeth Seeger. This -- to my knowledge, is the only one volume Chinese history available, and -- though sufficiently adult in approach net to preclude it for adult consumption, the fact of its being listed as a juvenile has limited its distribution...Now comes this comprehensible and thoroughly readable one volume survey, written in English by a Chinese, now living in England. This is the story of a civilization that has endured longer than any other, a story from its almost legendary past to virtually the present. He traces the successive invasions, conquests -- and always the conqueror was absorbed and the Chinese prevailed. He tells of the factors dominating that civilization, -- Confucius who taught a practical way of life, Lao-tzu who brought in a Romantic element, Buddhism, imported from India as a pattern of worship. He traces the thread of love of earth, love of beauty. He shows how -- in the far distant past, more than 700 years B.C., the Chou feudal system introduced modern agricultural theories. He traces the beginnings of isolation -- behind the Great Wall -- the infiltration of the foreigners -- the exploitations which led to hatred -- the periods of reform and of degeneration -- and again reform -- the sea adventures, missionaries, three phases of conflict with Japan. And then the gropings towards republicanism, Sun Yat Sen, Chiang Kai-Shek, and China united against the . In one volume too little space can be given to the great literature and arts of China, but enough is indicated to make them an integral part of her civilization. A timely book.