China Through the Eyes of the West: From Marco Polo to the Last Emperor

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China Revealed presents the history of the relationships between Europe and the Celestial Empire of classical antiquity, from the time when the caravans began to bring a divine fabric known as silk to the shores of the Mediterranean from the far-off, mysterious East, up to the fall of the Manchu dynasty in 1911. Through beautifully illustrated maps, ancient engravings, the first black-and-white pictures and color plates, this book describes the incredible experiences of those who ventured into distant Cathay, ...
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China Revealed presents the history of the relationships between Europe and the Celestial Empire of classical antiquity, from the time when the caravans began to bring a divine fabric known as silk to the shores of the Mediterranean from the far-off, mysterious East, up to the fall of the Manchu dynasty in 1911. Through beautifully illustrated maps, ancient engravings, the first black-and-white pictures and color plates, this book describes the incredible experiences of those who ventured into distant Cathay, crossing the endless deserts of Asia and the treacherous oceans-the Franciscan monks who were the first to penetrate the Mongolian steppes, the merchants such as Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta, the Portuguese sailors and Jesuit missionaries who became counsellors to the Son of the Heavens, and many more.
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  • ISBN-13: 9788854400153
  • Publisher: White Star Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/29/2004
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 14.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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Gianni Guadalupi, has worked for 30 years as a writer and anthology editor, specializing in travel writing. He edits the Guide Impossibili (Impossible Guides), Antichi Stati (Ancient States), and Grand Tour collections for Franco Maria Ricci. He is the author of The Discovery of the Nile (1997) and The Holy Bible (2003) and edited The World's Greatest Treasures (1998), and Marco Polo (2002), all published by White Star.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The mysterious land of the silk makers 12
Ch. 2 Pilgrims and merchants 18
Ch. 3 Curious bureaucrats, sedentary navigators 24
Ch. 4 Mission to the Great Khan 30
Ch. 5 Marco Polo "Ser Milione" 42
Ch. 6 The archbishop of Khanbaliq 62
Ch. 7 The vagabond of Islam 70
Ch. 8 The great eunuch of the three jewels 76
Ch. 9 The white devils 84
Ch. 10 Doctor Li Ma-theu 96
Ch. 11 The tribute of the blond barbarians 108
Ch. 12 The son of the sea goddess 126
Ch. 13 The Black Dragon River 138
Ch. 14 China becomes the rage 150
Ch. 15 The diversions of the son of heaven 162
Ch. 16 The grasshopper's poison 184
Ch. 17 Jesus Christ's younger brother 196
Ch. 18 The Amur : Russia's river route to empire 204
Ch. 19 The sacking of the summer palace 210
Ch. 20 The whore of Asia 220
Ch. 21 The marvels of steam 228
Ch. 22 The vagabonds of the faith 234
Ch. 23 At the court of the old Buddha 242
Ch. 24 The last days of Imperial Peking 252
Ch. 25 The fists of righteous harmony 262
Ch. 26 The desert of the Tartars 276
Ch. 27 The discovery of Lhasa 282
Ch. 28 The white bear and the yellow monkeys 296
Ch. 29 Gunboats in the jungle 306
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