China: Ancient Culture, Modern Land

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Whatever aspect of China interests the reader, this beautifully illustrated volume will provide a thorough and thought-provoking look at this complex and often volatile country.

Said to be the oldest continuous civilization, China is a country full of contradictions; it is at once tranquil and dramatic, unified and diverse. China: Ancient Culture, Modern Land gives the reader the experience of living in China today as well as an overview of ...

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Overview

Whatever aspect of China interests the reader, this beautifully illustrated volume will provide a thorough and thought-provoking look at this complex and often volatile country.

Said to be the oldest continuous civilization, China is a country full of contradictions; it is at once tranquil and dramatic, unified and diverse. China: Ancient Culture, Modern Land gives the reader the experience of living in China today as well as an overview of ancient Chinese history and culture.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Approximately the same length as the Contemporary Atlas of China (1988) but shorter than the Cultural Atlas of the World: China (Time-Life, 1990. rev. ed.), and naturally without their emphasis on cartography, this volume offers 16 well-illustrated chapters by various scholars that chronologically explore topics such as the characters of written Chinese, Buddhism, the Tang and Song dynasties, and "Revolution, Evolution and Continuity." Grace S. Fong's contribution, "Early Literary Traditions," which asserts that "in no other culture has poetry played such a continuous and important role in social and intellectual life," is particularly noteworthy. With change so imminent in China, this text rightfully employs a historical approach and downplays such unstable realities as healthcare, industry, and trade, which are discussed in the above-cited atlases. This volume is, however, recent enough to offer a balanced account of Tiananmen Square. Editor Murowchick is the associate director of Harvard's Fairbank Center for East Asian Research. Recommended for all libraries.-Jack Shreve, Allegany Community Coll., Cumberland, Md.
Booknews
The series aims to provide reliable, up-to-date, well-illustrated accounts of the world's great civilizations. Fourteen authors have contributed chapters in sections on the land, the past, and the present and future of China. The many color illustrations--at least a couple on every page--are captioned, beautifully printed, and well-integrated with both the content of the text and the page design. 9.5x12.5" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Margaret Flanagan
The initial installment of the new Cradles of Civilization series is devoted to outlining the evolution of Chinese culture and history from antiquity to the modern era. Contributors represent a cross section of international experts, including anthropologists, archaeologists, geographers, and historians. Individual chapters focus on the land, people, government, philosophers and statesmen, religion, language, and revolution. This well-illustrated volume provides a solid overview of a highly complex society rooted in ancient traditions. A splendid introductory study.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806126838
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Series: Cradles of Civilization Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.63 (w) x 12.53 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Preface 5
Introduction 9
The Land of the Yellow Earth
The Land 12
The People 24
A View of the Past
Rediscovering the Past 38
The Beginnings of Settled Life 50
Ritual and Power 60
Sacred Characters 70
The Early Literary Traditions 80
Philosophies and Statesmen 90
The Birth of Imperial China 100
China's Growing Strength: The Han Dynasty 112
The Florescence of Buddhism 124
The Golden Age of Tang and Song 134
Invaders from the North 144
Continuity and Change
Ming and Qing Society: China and the West 154
Revolution, Evolution, and Continuity 164
Past, Present, and Future 176
Further Reading 186
Notes on Contributors 188
Acknowledgments 188
Index 189
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