|aBeijing /|cRichard Platt ; illustrated by Manuela Cappon
|a1st American hardback ed
|aNew York :|bKingfisher,|cc2008
|a48 p. :|bcol. ill., col. maps ;|c32 cm
|a"Great dynasties, mighty conflicts, and the Forbidden City"-- Cover
|aThrough Time: Beijing follows the story of several grand palaces and cities in what we now know as Beijing. Beginning in prehistoric times, an agricultural community slowly evolves. By the medieval period an imperial palace is taking shape. The reader follows the story of daily life under the different imperial dynasties, and of the cities that rise and fall around this site
Through Time: Beijing traces the rise and fall of great dynasties and the everyday lives of the citizens who prospered or suffered under their rule. Beginning in prehistoric times, an agricultural community slowly evolves. Farming villages then come under the control of a local lord, and by the medieval period an imperial palace is taking shape. This new capital is then overthrown by invading Mongols, who destroy it and build their own city. Later, the Mongols are replaced by the Ming, who create the legendary Forbidden City and rule China for the next five hundred years. The book's fluent narrative text and beautiful illustrations tell the enthralling story of BeijingÑits triumphs, conflicts, and people--right up to the present day.