China: Empire and Civilization / Edition 1

China: Empire and Civilization / Edition 1

by Edward L. Shaughnessy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195182871

ISBN-13: 9780195182873

Pub. Date: 07/01/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

To Western eyes, China is one of the most mysterious and intriguing of all civilizations. The legacy of its long dynastic rule, extending back more than 3,000 years, includes fascinating contributions to philosophy, religion, art, science, and mythology that continue to influence the modern world. China explores the ideas and achievements of this unique culture

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To Western eyes, China is one of the most mysterious and intriguing of all civilizations. The legacy of its long dynastic rule, extending back more than 3,000 years, includes fascinating contributions to philosophy, religion, art, science, and mythology that continue to influence the modern world. China explores the ideas and achievements of this unique culture through a combination of authoritative, accessible scholarship and magnificent imagery.

Drawing on the most recent discoveries and theories, the book presents China's history, society, and beliefs from the legends of prehistory to the end of imperial power in 1912. It investigates the key cultural, spiritual, and artistic traditions of this vast civilization and describes the country's major scientific and technological innovations, such as gunpowder, printing, and the compass. An investigation of trading routes, both by land and sea, challenges the conventional view of China as an isolated, insular civilization, stressing instead the impact of its sophisticated society upon the world. A final section discusses the continuing legacy of the imperial period through the turbulent years of the twentieth century up to the present day.

A wealth of color photography and imaginative artwork, together with a lively and authoritative text, vividly evokes the pinnacles of Chinese civilization as well as the realities of everyday life, from life in the Imperial court to the most rural villages.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195182873
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/01/2005
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
254,529
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction6
Ch. 1"All under heaven"12
Ch. 2Continuity and change24
Ch. 3The role of the state44
Ch. 4Family and society56
Ch. 5The creation of wealth68
Ch. 6Confucianism : order and virtue78
Ch. 7Following the Dao90
Ch. 8The way of the Buddha108
Ch. 9The harmony of heaven and earth120
Ch. 10The realm of ghosts and spirits136
Ch. 11Healing and medicine148
Ch. 12Technology and science166
Ch. 13The fine and decorative arts184
Ch. 14The performing arts204
Ch. 15Architecture and planning212
Afterword : the legacy of 4,000 years230

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