Edward Harper Parker was an English barrister and sinologist who wrote a number of books on the First and Second Opium Wars and other Chinese topics. On his return to England he ended his career as a university professor.
“Ancient China Simplified” is a literary work, published in 1908. In the preface the author says, that the Chinese history has explored very fragmentarily. The Chineese Annals are mere diaries of events, isolated facts being tumbled together in order of date, without any regard for proportion. So this book is an ettempt to extract principles from isolated facts; to avoid, so far as is possible, the use of Chinese proper names; to introduce these as sparingly and gradually as is practicable when they must be used at all; to describe the general trend of events and life of the people rather than the personal acts of rulers and great officers; and, generally, to put it into the power of anyone who can only read English, to gain an intelligible notion of what Chinese antiquity really was.
“Ancient China Simplified” will be pleasant for everyone, who is interested in the Eastern history. Enjoy the reading.