China / Edition 1

China / Edition 1

by Alexandra Wetzel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520259076

ISBN-13: 9780520259072

Pub. Date: 08/05/2009

Publisher: University of California Press

The lavishly illustrated volume presents in dazzling visual detail a highly engaging introduction to almost 2000 years of Chinese history-from the founding of the Chinese Empire in 221 BCE to the Ming dynasty, the last dynasty to rule before the country opened to the outside world in the middle of the seventeenth century. China tells this dynamic story

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The lavishly illustrated volume presents in dazzling visual detail a highly engaging introduction to almost 2000 years of Chinese history-from the founding of the Chinese Empire in 221 BCE to the Ming dynasty, the last dynasty to rule before the country opened to the outside world in the middle of the seventeenth century. China tells this dynamic story through hundreds of breathtaking full-page images of people, landscapes, artworks, artifacts, and more. The inviting, beautifully designed pages feature crisply written, up-to-date text, quotations from ancient sources that establish context for the personalities and episodes for each historic period, extended captions that explore the visual details of the images, information on where to see the images in museums, and more. The book brings together in one convenient place the most significant products of Chinese culture, showing in particular the evolution of the arts, everyday lifestyles, religious beliefs, the coexistence of tradition and innovation, and sacred and profane values. For travelers, students, and general readers of all levels, China brings alive a great and ancient empire.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520259072
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/05/2009
Series:
Dictionaries of Civilization Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

People
Power and public life
Religion and philosophy
Daily life
The world of the dead
Capitals
Buddhist rock caves
References
Map of China
Chronology
Museums

Bibliography
General index

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