A History of Chinese Civilization / Edition 2

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When published in 1982, this translation of Professor Jacques Gernet's masterly survey of the history and culture of China was immediately welcomed by critics and readers. This revised and updated edition makes it more useful for students and for the general reader concerned with the broad sweep of China's past. Written with an elegant and flowing narrative, the essential virtue of Jacques Gernet's book is to see the history of Chinese civilization as a whole. Yet within the synthesis of the trends - social, political, religious, scientific, artistic - that make up China's past and present, the author never loses sight of the telling detail that brings history to life. A History of Chinese Civilization is illustrated by a wide range of photographs, many maps, line drawings and tables. A detailed and updated chronological table and full bibliography complement the text and the expanded index now includes Chinese characters.
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"If one could have only one book on China's history, this would be it." Booklist

"This is the most detailed and comprehensive one-volume survey of China's social, economic, and intellectual history....This should be in the reference collection of every serious library." Library Journal

"...an excellent book which should be of interest to both professional and general readers who study or enjoy the history of China." Asian Thought & Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521497121
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 780
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.61 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Maps
List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface to the New Edition
Translator's Preface
Introduction 1
1 The Archaic Monarchy 37
2 The Age of the Principalities 51
3 The Formation of the Centralized State 62
4 The Heritage of Antiquity 83
5 The Conquering Empire 103
6 Causes and Consequences of the Expansion 129
7 The Rise of the Gentry and the Crisis in Political Institutions 149
8 The Civilization of the Han Age 158
9 Barbarians and Aristocrats 174
10 The Medieval Civilization 202
11 The Aristocratic Empire 235
12 The Transition to the Mandarin Empire 261
13 From the Opening-up to the World to the Return to the Sources of the Classical Tradition 274
14 The New World 300
15 The Civilization of the Chinese 'Renaissance' 330
16 The Sinicized Empires 352
17 The Mongol Invasion and Occupation 360
18 Reconstruction and Expansion 387
19 Political, Social, and Economic Changes 406
20 The Beginnings of Modern China and the Crisis at the End of the Ming Dynasty 423
21 Intellectual Life in the Ming Age 437
22 The Conquest and the Foundation of the Manchu Regime 465
23 The Enlightened Despots 474
24 Intellectual Life from the Middle of the Seventeenth Century to the End of the Eighteenth Century 497
25 The Great Recession 532
26 The Social Expansion and Its Consequences 546
27 The Failure of Modernization and the Advance of Foreign Intrusion 566
28 Intellectual Currents in the Nineteenth Century 590
29 The Disintegration of the Traditional Economy and Society 608
30 Political Developments in the First Half of the Twentieth Century 626
31 Philosophical and Literary Developments 646
General Chronology 684
Chronological Table 687
Bibliography 745
General works 746
Bibliographies by Periods 750
Index 781
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