The Cambridge Illustrated History of China / Edition 1

The Cambridge Illustrated History of China / Edition 1

by Patricia Buckley Ebrey
     
 

There are many more people in the world today who consider themselves Chinese than there are residents of all of Europe and North America combined. How did China as a culture and a state grow to be so large? Why hasn't it broken up like the Roman or Ottoman empires? How has it been possible for a single government to rule so many people? In The Cambridge Illustrated… See more details below

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There are many more people in the world today who consider themselves Chinese than there are residents of all of Europe and North America combined. How did China as a culture and a state grow to be so large? Why hasn't it broken up like the Roman or Ottoman empires? How has it been possible for a single government to rule so many people? In The Cambridge Illustrated History of China Patricia Ebrey pursues these and other basic questions about the shaping of Chinese civilization. Her scope is phenomenal, embracing all aspects of Chinese arts, culture, economics and society, as well as China's treatment of women, foreign policy, emigrations and politics. However, key emphasis is placed throughout on the major social and cultural developments and on the way in which these wider forces impinged on the lives of ordinary people. Aware that hers is an outsider's interpretation, Professor Ebrey compensates by referring wherever possible to traditional Chinese interpretations of events and developments. Both a comprehensive introduction to this extraordinary civilization, and a detailed exploration of the continuities and disjunctures of Chinese history, this book is essential reading for all those interested in China, its society and culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521669917
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Series:
Cambridge Illustrated History Series
Edition description:
1 PBK ED
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.99(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.94(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword6
Preface7
Acknowledgements9
1The Origins of Chinese Civilization: Neolithic Period to the Western Zhou Dynasty10
Animal and Human Imagery in Bronze Vessels36
2Philosophical Foundations: The Eastern Zhou Period38
3The Creation of the Bureaucratic Empire: The Qin and Han Dynasties60
4Buddhism, Aristocracy, and Alien Rulers: The Age of Division86
Early Buddhist Art106
5A Cosmopolitan Empire: The Tang Dynasty108
6Shifting South: The Song Dynasty136
Landscape Painting162
7Alien Rule: The Liao, Jin, and Yuan Dynasties164
Drama and the Performing Arts186
8The Limits of Autocracy: The Ming Dynasty190
The Kilns at Jingdezhen217
9Manchus and Imperialism: The Qing Dynasty220
Working for a Living259
10Taking Action: The Early Twentieth Century262
Modern Chinese Painting292
11Radical Reunification: The People's Republic294
Epilogue333
Chronology338
Picture Acknowledgements339
Notes340
Further Reading341
Index346

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