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The Cambridge Illustrated History of China By Edited by Patricia Ebrey

The Cambridge Illustrated History of China
by Edited by Patricia Ebrey

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In an extraordinary feat of synthesis, Patricia Ebrey gives an engaging, full, gloriously illustrated account of over 8000 years of Chinese civilization - from prehistoric times to the rise of the modern communist state.
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The Cambridge Illustrated History of China by Edited by Patricia Ebrey

In an extraordinary feat of synthesis, Patricia Buckley Ebrey, a leading scholar of China, gives an engaging, full, gloriously illustrated account of over 8000 years of Chinese civilization - from prehistoric times through the rise of Confucianism, Buddhism and the imperial dynasties to the modern communist state. In addition, she explores the different factors and forces, ideas and inventions, events and leaders that have shaped the remarkable Chinese civilization we know today; including the technological advances, the population explosion, and the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution. Everything appears, from the influence of leading Chinese historians, poets, novelists and dramatists to the impact of key philosophical and religious ideas, art forms, family patterns, and the Mongul, Manchu and Western intrusions.

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'Patricia Ebrey's Illustrated History of China is a fine book, sumptuous and scholarly. With great economy of text, it outlines the major elements and changes in four millennia of Chinese history and social life; the art work and photographs, skilfully chosen and admirably reproduced, both illuminate the text and supplement it.' Jonathan Spence, Yale University
'The splendid collection of pictures displays painstaking research. But it is the author's careful and clear synthesis of China's long history that is most remarkable. This book will, in time, I believe, be regarded as a classic.' Kwang-Ching Liu, Davis
"Patricia Ebrey's Illustrated History of China is a fine book....With great economy of text, it outlines the major elements and changes in four millennia of Chinese history and social life; the art work and photographs, skillfully chosen and admirably reproduced, both illuminate the text and supplement it." Jonathan Spence, Yale University
"Of all the general histories of China written to date, this book is among the most comprehensive, objective, and well-balanced, and it will surely be a welcome addition to the bookshelves of teachers, students, and anyone else interested in understanding the broader evolution of Chinese civilization." China Review International
"...Patricia Buckley Ebrey masterfully synthesizes more than four thousand years of Chinese history in a single volume....The Cambridge Illustrated History of China provides an excellent introduction to the study of China and Chinese civilization. It offers a straightforward, yet complex account of historical events and issues that is well supported and augmented by the supplementary special-topic sections and illustrations....In the foreword, Kwang-Ching Liu expresses his belief that this book will eventually be regarded as a classic....Professor Liu's confidence in this matter certainly seems justified." China Review International

Table of Contents


Foreword Kwang-Ching Liu; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. The origins of Chinese civilization: Neolithic period to the western Zhou dynasty (animal and human imagery in bronze vessels); 2. Philosophical foundations: the eastern Zhou period; 3. The creation of the bureaucratic empire: the Qin and Han dynasties; 4. Buddhism, aristocracy, and alien rulers: the age of division (early Buddhist art); 5. A cosmopolitan empire: the Tang dynasty; 6. Shifting south: the Song dynasty (landscape painting); 7. Alien rule: the Liao, Jin, and Yuan dynasties (drama and the performing arts); 8. The limits of autocracy: the Ming dynasty (the kilns at Jingdezhen); 9. Manchus and imperialism: the Qing dynasty (working for a living); 10. Taking action: the early twentieth century (modern Chinese painting); 11. Radical reunification: the People's Republic; Epilogue; Chronology; Picture acknowledgements; Notes; Further reading; Index.

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GOR004800395
The Cambridge Illustrated History of China by Edited by Patricia Ebrey
Edited by Patricia Ebrey
Cambridge Illustrated Histories
Used - Good
Hardback
Cambridge University Press
1996-06-13
352
0521435196
9780521435192
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Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.