From dust jacket:
This book, which is intended for the reader who has not made a special study of Chinese culture, traces the history of Chinese civilization from prehistoric times down to the latter part of the 19th century. The book is divided into seven parts, each covering a major epoch of Chinese history..
In each part there are chapters on art, literature, and religion treating with special attention the most significant developments of the period under discussion. Economic conditions as recorded in Chinese sources are given full consideration in separate chapters. A special feature has been made of the contacts between China and foreign countries in ancient and medieval times. In these chapters Chinese accounts of the Roman Empire, Persia, Byzantium, India, etc, have been quoted in extenso.