China: The Culture

China: The Culture

by Bobbie D. Kalman
     
 

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The people of China have experienced a tremendous period of change in the last one hundred years. During this period of political turmoil they had little time or energy for cultural activities. Sometimes people were fighting in wars to save their country. At other times the government in power discouraged activities such as painting, dancing, playing music, and

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The people of China have experienced a tremendous period of change in the last one hundred years. During this period of political turmoil they had little time or energy for cultural activities. Sometimes people were fighting in wars to save their country. At other times the government in power discouraged activities such as painting, dancing, playing music, and religious worship. - from the book.

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Gr 4-8-- Three large, slim volumes illustrated with maps, drawings, and abundant color photographs survey the geography, society, and culture of the world's most populous nation. The page layout--brief paragraphs with catchy headlines surrounded by pictures--is inviting and should encourage reluctant older readers. Aside from an overreliance on exclamation points, the style is generally readable, summarizing complex subjects well. Occasionally, oversimplification misleads. The first paragraph of . . . Culture , states: ``. . . in the last one hundred years . . . The government did not encourage people to pursue cultural activities. . . in fact, many people were punished for having an interest in culture. . . .'' Are readers to believe that the excesses of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) lasted a century? Stephen Keeler's Passport to China (Watts, 1987), similar in format and age range but more condensed and stuffed with facts, is a better buy. If there is a need for informational books on China, this set, particularly the Culture volume, offers tidbits not easily available elsewhere. --Margaret A. Chang, Buxton School, Williamstown, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865052895
Publisher:
Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/15/1989
Series:
Lands, Peoples and Cultures Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.27(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.17(d)
Lexile:
IG950L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

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