The Heritage of Chinese Civilization / Edition 1

The Heritage of Chinese Civilization / Edition 1

by Albert M. Craig
     
 

For Introduction to Chinese History and Introduction to East Asia courses.

A clear and manageable single volume narrative covering all the major periods of Chinese history. The text is presented chronologically and features brief principle interpretations to provide an accessible introductory overview

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For Introduction to Chinese History and Introduction to East Asia courses.

A clear and manageable single volume narrative covering all the major periods of Chinese history. The text is presented chronologically and features brief principle interpretations to provide an accessible introductory overview of an expansive subject area.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780135766200
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
12/06/2000
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)

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Table of Contents

Maps    xi

Documents    xiii

Preface    xv

 

1

Early China    3

 

Origins: The Old and New Stone Ages    4

Early Bronze Age: The Shang    6

Later Bronze Age: The Western Zhou    10

Iron Age: The Eastern Zhou    12

Iron Age: The Birth of Chinese Philosophy    14

Confucianism    17

Daoism    21

Legalism    23

 

2

China’s First Empire (221 b.c.e.—220 c.e.)
and Its Aftermath (220-589)    29

 

Qin Unification of China    30

Former Han Dynasty (206 b.c.e.—8 c.e.)    33

The Dynastic Cycle    33

Early Years of the Former Han Dynasty    33

Han Wudi 34

Government During the Former Han    36

Decline and Usurpation    39

Later Han (25—220 c.e.) and Its Aftermath (220—589)    40

First Century    40

Decline During the Second Century    40

Aftermath of Empire    41

Han Thought and Religion    43

Han Confucianism    43

History    44

Neo-Daoism    45

Buddhism    49

China’s First Empire in Historical Perspective    50

 

3

Imperial China (589—1368)    55

 

Reestablishment of Empire: Sui (589—618) and  Tang
(618—907) Dynasties
    56

The Sui Dynasty    57

The Tang Dynasty    57

Government    57

The Empress Wu    60

The Chang’an of Emperor Xuanzong60

The Tang Empire    61

Rebellion and Decline    63

Tang Culture    65

Transition to Late Imperial China: The Song Dynasty (960—1279)    70

Agricultural Revolution of the Song: From Serfs to Free Farmers    71

Commercial Revolution of the Song    72

Emergence of the Yangzi Basin    72

New Technology    72

Rise of a MoneyEconomy    73

Trade    73

Government: From Aristocracy to Autocracy    75

Song Culture    77

Philosophy    77

Poetry    78

Painting    80

China in the Mongol World Empire:The Yuan Dynasty (1279—1368)    81

Rise of the Mongol Empire    82

Mongol Rule in China    84

Foreign Contacts and Chinese Culture    88

Last Years of the Yuan    89

Imperial China in Historical Perspective    90

 

4

Late Imperial China: The Ming (1368—1644)
and Qing (1644—1912) Dynasties    95

 

Land and People    97

China’s Third Commercial Revolution    98

Women and the Commercial Revolution    99

Political System    101

The Role of Confucianism    102

The Role of Emperor    102

The Role of Bureaucracy    104

The Role of Gentry    105

The Pattern of Manchu Rule    106

Foreign Relations    108

Ming     108

Qing    110

Contacts with the West    111

Culture    113

Late Imperial China in Historical Perspective    118

 

5

Modern China (1839—1949)    123

 

The Close of Manchu Rule    125

The Opium War and Its Aftermath    125

Rebellions Against the Manchus    128

Self-Strengthening and Decline (1874—1895)    130

The Borderlands    133

From Dynasty to Warlordism (1895—1926)    135

Cultural and Ideological Ferment: The May Fourth
Movement    
139

Nationalist China    143

Guomindang Unification of China and the Nanjing
Decade (1927—1937)    143

War and Revolution (1937—1949)    146

Modern China in Historical Perspective    150

 

6

China, the Last Half Century    155

 

Mao’s China    156

Consolidation    156

The Soviet Model    158

The Great Leap Forward    158

The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1965—1976)    160

China After Mao    162

Political Developments    162

Economic Growth    164

Social Change    166

China’s Relations with the World    168

Taiwan    170

China, the Outlook    173

 

Index

 

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