A History of Chinese Civilization / Edition 2

A History of Chinese Civilization / Edition 2

by Jacques Gernet
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521497817

ISBN-13: 9780521497817

Pub. Date: 05/28/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521497817
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
780
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.65(d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Maps
List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface to the New Edition
Acknowledgements
Translator's Preface
Introduction1
1The Archaic Monarchy37
2The Age of the Principalities51
3The Formation of the Centralized State62
4The Heritage of Antiquity83
5The Conquering Empire103
6Causes and Consequences of the Expansion129
7The Rise of the Gentry and the Crisis in Political Institutions149
8The Civilization of the Han Age158
9Barbarians and Aristocrats174
10The Medieval Civilization202
11The Aristocratic Empire235
12The Transition to the Mandarin Empire261
13From the Opening-up to the World to the Return to the Sources of the Classical Tradition274
14The New World300
15The Civilization of the Chinese 'Renaissance'330
16The Sinicized Empires352
17The Mongol Invasion and Occupation360
18Reconstruction and Expansion387
19Political, Social, and Economic Changes406
20The Beginnings of Modern China and the Crisis at the End of the Ming Dynasty423
21Intellectual Life in the Ming Age437
22The Conquest and the Foundation of the Manchu Regime465
23The Enlightened Despots474
24Intellectual Life from the Middle of the Seventeenth Century to the End of the Eighteenth Century497
25The Great Recession532
26The Social Expansion and Its Consequences546
27The Failure of Modernization and the Advance of Foreign Intrusion566
28Intellectual Currents in the Nineteenth Century590
29The Disintegration of the Traditional Economy and Society608
30Political Developments in the First Half of the Twentieth Century626
31Philosophical and Literary Developments646
General Chronology684
Chronological Table687
Bibliography745
General works746
Bibliographies by Periods750
Index781

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