Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution That Made China Modern Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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A riveting, masterfully researched account of the bold innovators who adapted the Chinese language to the modern world, transforming China into a super-power in the process.
What does it take to reinvent the world's oldest living language?
China today is one of the world's most powerful nations, yet just a century ago it was a crumbling empire with literacy reserved for the elite few, left behind in the wake of Western technology. In Kingdom of Characters, Jing Tsu shows that China's most daunting challenge was a linguistic one: to make the formidable Chinese language - a 2,200-year-old writing system that was daunting to natives and foreigners alike - accessible to a globalised digital world.
Kingdom of Characters follows the bold innovators who adapted the Chinese script - and the value-system it represents - to the technological advances that would shape the 20th century and beyond, from the telegram to the typewriter to the smartphone. From the exiled reformer who risked death to advocate for Mandarin as a national language to the imprisoned computer engineer who devised input codes for Chinese characters on the lid of a teacup, generations of scholars, missionaries, librarians, politicians, inventors, nationalists and revolutionaries alike understood the urgency of their task and its world-shaping consequences.
With larger-than-life characters and a thrilling narrative, Kingdom of Characters offers an astonishingly original perspective on one of the 20th century's most dramatic transformations.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 18 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||18 January 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 6,249 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
5 in Chinese History (Audible Books & Originals)
5 in Linguistics (Audible Books & Originals)
8 in Alphabet Reference
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It would benefit hugely from having illustrations. I can't imagine why it was published without illustrations!
The complex issues involved and the competitive nature of alternative potential solutions takes the reader on a fascinating journey.