Ancient China (DK Eyewitness Books Series)

Ancient China (DK Eyewitness Books Series)

by Arthur Cotterell, Laura Buller


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Ancient China (DK Eyewitness Books Series) by Arthur Cotterell, Laura Buller

Here is a spectacular and informative guide to the history of the great Chinese empire and the customs and traditions of its people. Stunning real-life photographs and lifelike models offer a unique "eyewitness" view of life in imperial China, from its earliest beginnings in the Bronze Age to its final days in the early years of the 20th century. See the stunning bronze work of the ancient Chinese, an early irrigation machine, a set of antique acupuncture needles, the beautiful implements used for Chinese calligraphy. Learn why the First Emperor created the Terracotta Army, what kinds of goods were carried along the Silk Route, who invented paper, how a Chinese house was constructed, why tombs were filled with pottery figures, and what a civil servant's job entailed. Discover why emperors were known as Sons of Heaven, what kinds of weapons were used in early battles, why families worshiped their ancestors, how fishermen used bivas to catch fish, and much, much more.

The most trusted nonfiction series on the market, Eyewitness Books provide an in-depth, comprehensive look at their subjects with a unique integration of words and pictures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756613822
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 09/28/2005
Series: DK Eyewitness Books Series
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 145,473
Product dimensions: 8.81(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Among Arthur Cotterell's historical books are ChariotThe Minoan WorldA Dictionary of World MythologyThe Penguin Encyclopedia of Classical CivilizationsThe Pimlico Dictionary of Classical CivilizationsThe Pimlico Dictionary of Classical Mythologies, and Eyewitness: Ancient China.

Table of Contents

The world's oldest empire6
The beginning of China10
The teachings of Confucius12
The art of war14
The first emperor of China16
In the empire's service18
A land of invention22
Paper, printing, and books24
The Three Ways26
Health and medicine28
The three perfections30
Life in the fields34
Great waterways38
Within the city walls40
At home42
Food and drink44
Dressed for best46
Festivals and games50
Living in harmony52
Gardens of Heaven54
Arts and crafts56
The Silk Road58
Great ocean voyages60
The end of the empire62
Did you know?64
Find out more68

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