The Cambridge Illustrated History of China / Edition 2

The Cambridge Illustrated History of China / Edition 2

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by Patricia Buckley Ebrey
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521196205

ISBN-13: 9780521196208

Pub. Date: 01/25/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this lavishly illustrated history of China, Patricia Ebrey brings academic expertise and a highly engaging style to her task of tracing the origins of Chinese culture from prehistory to the modern communist state, embracing Chinese arts, culture, economics, society and its treatment of women, foreign policy, emigration, and politics. Both as a comprehensive

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In this lavishly illustrated history of China, Patricia Ebrey brings academic expertise and a highly engaging style to her task of tracing the origins of Chinese culture from prehistory to the modern communist state, embracing Chinese arts, culture, economics, society and its treatment of women, foreign policy, emigration, and politics. Both as a comprehensive introduction to an extraordinary civilization, and an expert exploration of the continuities and disjunctures of Chinese history, Patricia Ebrey's book is invaluable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521196208
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/25/2010
Series:
Cambridge Illustrated Histories Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
8.31(w) x 10.24(h) x 1.22(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. The origins of Chinese civilization: Neolithic period to the Western Zhou dynasty (animal and human imagery in bronze vessels); 2. Philosophical foundations: the Eastern Zhou period; 3. The creation of the bureaucratic empire: the Qin and Han dynasties; 4. Buddhism, aristocracy, and alien rulers: the age of division (early Buddhist art); 5. A cosmopolitan empire: the Tang dynasty; 6. Shifting south: the Song dynasty (landscape painting); 7. Alien rule: the Liao, Jin, and Yuan dynasties (drama and the performing arts); 8. The limits of autocracy: the Ming dynasty (the kilns at Jingdezhen); 9. Manchus and imperialism: the Qing dynasty (working for a living); 10. Taking action: the early twentieth century (modern Chinese painting); 11. Radical reunification: the People's Republic (the cult of Mao); 12. Opening to the world: China since 1976 (Tibet); Epilogue; Chronology.

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The Cambridge Illustrated History of China 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BrianGriffith More than 1 year ago
Ebrey is always sensitive to the implications of events for ordinary people and for women. She constructs her history like a vast collage of voices, and strives to include every sort of person in the tale. Her narrative features numerous sidebars offering fascinating sub-plots, on topics like Tang-era love stories, house construction, The Biographies of Heroic Women by Liu Xiang (79-8 BC), codes of crime and punishment, legendary demons, village fairs, popular dramas such as Injustice to Dou E, modern painting, or the life of feminist writer Ding Ling (1904-85). Almost every page is quietly entertaining. --author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization
Anonymous More than 1 year ago