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 includes a detailed chronology that has been updated through 1993, a new bibliography, and an expanded index that 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: 9780521497817
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 780
  • Sales rank: 459,544
  • 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; Acknowledgements; Translator's preface; Introduction; Part I. From the Archaic Monarchy to the Centralized State: 1. The archaic monarchy; 2. The age of the principalities; 3. The formation of the centralized state; 4. The heritage of antiquity; Part II. Rise, evolution, and decline of the first centralized state: 5. The conquering empire; 6. Causes and consequences of the expansion; 7. The rise of the gentry and the crisis in political institutions; 8. The civilization of the Han age; Part III. The Middle Ages: 9. Barbarians and aristocrats; 10. Medieval civilization; Part IV. From the Middle Ages to Modern Times: 11. The aristocratic empire; 12. The transition to the Mandarin empire; 13. From the opening-up to the world to the return to the sources of the classical tradition; Part V. The Chinese 'Renaissance': 14. The new world; 15. The civilization of the Chinese 'renaissance'; Part VI. From the Sinicized Empires to the Mongol Occupation: 16. The sinicized empires; 17. The Mongol invasion and occupation; Part VII. The Reign of the Autocrats and Eunuchs: 18. Reconstruction and expansion; 19. Political, social, and economic changes; 20. The beginnings of modern China and the crisis of the end of the Ming dynasty; 21. Intellectual life in the Ming age; Part VIII. Authoritarian Paternalism: 22. The conquest and the foundation of the Manchu regime; 23. The enlightened despots; 24. Intellectual life from the middle of the seventeenth century to the end of the eighteenth century; Part IX. From Decline to Takeover: 25. The great recession; 26. The social explosion and its consequences; 27. The failure of modernization and the advance of foreign intrusion; 28. Intellectual currents in the nineteenth century; Part X. China Crucified: 29. The disintegration of the traditional economy and society; 30. Political developments in the first half of the twentieth century; 31. Philosophical and literary developments; Part XI. A New Chapter in Chinese History: The People's Republic of China; Chronological tables; Bibliography; Index.
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