Ancient China Simplified

Ancient China Simplified

by Edward Harper Parker
     
 

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This is an easy to read yet highly informative history of ancient China. It is a classic in the field and covers all aspects of ancient Chinese life and culture. From the dynasties of the kings to the occupations and entertainments of the people, including ancient Chinese religions, sports, literature and customs. As well as the politics, geography and wars of this… See more details below

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This is an easy to read yet highly informative history of ancient China. It is a classic in the field and covers all aspects of ancient Chinese life and culture. From the dynasties of the kings to the occupations and entertainments of the people, including ancient Chinese religions, sports, literature and customs. As well as the politics, geography and wars of this great civilization. It also includes chapters on ancient japan, human sacrifice, ancestor worship, and many interesting but generally unknown facts.

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ISBN-13:
9781406832099
Publisher:
Echo Library
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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CHAPTER IV THE SOUTHERN POWER BUT the collapse of the imperial power in 771 B.C. led to restlessness in the south as well as in the north, north-western, and north-eastern regions: except for a few Chinese adventurers and colonists, these were exclusively inhabited by nomad Tartars, and perhaps some Tibetans, destitute of fixed residences, cities, and towns; ignorant of cultivation, agriculture, and letters ; and roving about from pasture to pasture with their flocks and herds, finding excitement and diversion chiefly in periodical raids upon their more settled southern and western neighbours. The only country south of the federated Chinese princes in Ho Nan province (as we now call it) was the " Jungle " or " Thicket," a term which vaguely designated the lower waters of the Han River system, much as, with ourselves, the " Lowlands " or the " Netherlands" did, and still does, designate the outlying marches of the English and German communities. " Jungle" is still the elegant literary name for Hu P£h, just as Ts'in, Tsin, and Ts'i are for Shen Si, Shan Si, and Shan Tung. The King of the Jungle, like the Warden of the Western Marches, traced his descent far back to the same ancient monarchs whose blood ran also in the veins of the imperial house of Chou; and moreover this Jungle King's ancestors had served the founders of the Chou dynasty in 1150 B.C., whilst they were still hesitating whether to accept the call to empire: hence in later times (530 B.C.) the King made it a grievance that his family had not received from the founder of the Chou dynasty presents symbolical of equality of birth, as had the Tsin and Lu. (South Shan Tung) houses. If any tribes, south,south-east, or south-west of this vague Jungle, whose administrative centre at first lay within a hundred miles...

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