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As the world’s oldest continuous civilization and most populous country, with the fastest-growing economy, China is experiencing profound social, economic, and political change. A detailed exploration of the country’s long, rich history paired with its complex present makes China a one-of-a-kind reference that offers an eye-opening, thought-provoking and authoritative visual guide to one of the world’s great ...
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Overview

As the world’s oldest continuous civilization and most populous country, with the fastest-growing economy, China is experiencing profound social, economic, and political change. A detailed exploration of the country’s long, rich history paired with its complex present makes China a one-of-a-kind reference that offers an eye-opening, thought-provoking and authoritative visual guide to one of the world’s great nations.
  • Explores China’s history, people, culture, architecture, and products
  • Written by an international team of China specialists
  • A stunning visual timeline tells the dramatic story of China’s 4,000-year-long history
  • Filled with the voices of Chinese people through the ages
  • Fresh, bold design and breathtaking images give each chapter its own unique character
  • Taps into the growing popular interest in China in the run-up to the 2008 Olympics
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  • China: People, Place, Culture
    China: People, Place, Culture  

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After six millennia, China shows no sign of fading. Indeed, the world's oldest ongoing civilization continues to thrive and transmute. This grand coffee table book unrolls the pageantry, strife, and achievements of Chinese culture in DK's signature visual style. A dazzling 360-page pictorial tribute to the most populous nation on earth.
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In the foreword to this spectacular book, novelist Anchee Min (The Last Empress) notes that the non-Chinese contributing writers (including Bailey of the Ctr. of Chinese Research, Univ. of British Columbia) and photographers (Christopher Pillitz and Chester Ong) have captured the essence of a country: "I thought I knew China but the perspective here amazed me." The book artistically and logically presents more than 700 specially commissioned photographs in five sections. In "Landscape," stupendous pictures are each accompanied by a quotation, several facts, and a map designating location. "History" covers events both great and small and includes a time line. The candid pictures in "People," focusing on everyone from a retired teacher to a cricket seller, supply telling details. "Culture" demonstrates the ways of thought at the root of Chinese culture. "Architecture" introduces a country of contrasts, from the sixth century's Suspended in the Air Monastery to Shanghai's ultramodern Jin Mao Tower. Those who fear that modernization will destroy tradition should note that China's resilience-which has proven itself over 4000 years-has not yet let it happen! Recommended for all high school and public library collections, whether small or extensive.
—Susan G. Baird

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756631598
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/3/2007
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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