Both a comprehensive introduction to an extraordinary civilization and an expert exploration of the continuities and disjunctures of Chinese history, Professor Ebrey's book has become an indispensable guide to China past and present. The institutionalization of this manipulated historical consciousness now directs political discourse and foreign policy, and Wang demonstrates its important role in China's rise. It looks like a textbook and, for all I know, may be used as one but this should not put off anyone thinking of reading it. It's the best introduction to the World's largest and possibly most influential nation that I've seen. Writing with an eye to explaining recurring themes in Chinese history, she discusses ideas of order and statecraft, resource allocation and use, imperialism and population growth. The Creation of the Bureaucratic Empire: The Qin and Han Dynasties -- 4.
Instead, what Ebrey does is introduce a subject and interweave the significance of that subject into the entire chapter. Although Ebrey does not devote a great deal of time to literature, she covers quite a bit of content in a short space. Her scope is phenomenal - embracing Chinese arts, culture, economics, society and its treatment of women, foreign policy, emigration, and politics, including the key uprisings of 1919 and 1989 in Tiananmen Square. She has interesting asides about art history, women's history, intellectual history, and the like, which really liven up the readings. Series Title: Other Titles: China Illustrated history of China Responsibility: Patricia Buckley Ebrey. Includes studies on religion, politics, commerce, education, art and the interaction between Islam and the West, as well as the development of the Islamic world from the seventh century to the present day. At 333 pages of actual text, lavishly colour-illustrated, the author offers a broad overview of Chinese political history, with occasional, concise but crystal-clear forays into literature and philosophy.
I would've liked a general timeline for each dynasty and all the dynasties together. China has an extremely vast and intricate history, the condensation of ~2500 years worth into a single book being no small feat. An excellent overview, which is the most that can be expected from a survey. Originally published: 1996 Includes bibliographical references p. Because of this, it may be somewhat daunting while executing its main purpose very well; a history book. She not only points this out but places her position next to opinions on the same chapter by Chinese historians both modern and pre modern for china has had historians for over thousands of years of which a sizable collection has survived and points out the difference without making a claim as to which is superior. Why hasn't it broken up like the Roman or Ottoman empires? She follows its development from the rise of Confucianism, Buddhism, and the great imperial dynasties to the Mongol, Manchu, and Western intrusions and the modern communist state.
Its only weakness lies in the dearth of parallel text translations: unfortunately a very common feature of books dealing with Chinese culture, history, literature etc. I did a lot of researching before deciding which general history of China to read. The E-mail message field is required. If you are looking for a comprehensive and accessible work on Chinese history, this is the book for you. Fast shipping and Secure with Tracking and Great customer support service. I found The Cambridge Illustrated History of China to be incredibly informative to the point where it cannot be considered a leisurely read.
Description More populous than any other country on earth, China also occupies a unique place in our modern world for the continuity of its history and culture. Full color inserts on such topics as food, clothing, and art objects illustrate the rich artistic heritage of East Asia. Early Buddhist art -- A cosmopolitan empire : the Tang dynasty -- Shifting south : the Song dynasty. Aware that hers is an outsider's interpretation, Professor Ebrey compensates by referring wherever possible to traditional Chinese interpretations of events and developments. How did China as a culture and a state grow to be so large? Aware that hers is an outsider's interpretation, Professor Ebrey compensates by referring wherever possible to traditional Chinese interpretations of events and developments. Taking action : the early twentieth century. I was especially impressed that she included the poet Bai Juyi who is often ignored in favor of the better known Li Po who is also included in the discussion.
I now need to find an equivalent book on India. She follows its development from the rise of Confucianism, Budd More populous than any other country on earth, China also occupies a unique place in our modern world for the continuity of its history and culture. Book Description: In this sumptuously illustrated single-volume history, now in its second edition, noted historian Patricia Buckley Ebrey traces the origins of Chinese culture from prehistoric times to the present. Modern Chinese Painting -- 11. Patricia Buckley's book is completely accessible to the interested American reader. He addresses how the ruins had been previously overlooked or misunderstood, and how the colony was abandoned and forgotten, in China and in the New World. More populous than any other country on earth, China also occupies a unique place in our modern world for the continuity of its history and culture.
And he discovers the traces the colony left in the storytelling and culture of the Mi'kmaq, whose written language, clothing, technical knowledge, religious beliefs, and legends, he argues, expose deep cultural ties to China. Taking Action: The Early Twentieth Century. Along the way she makes interesting asides, noting, among other things, that the Mongol conquerors of China monopolized the bamboo trade because they did not want the ethnic Chinese to make weapons, and she gives stimulating overviews of such matters as the manufacture of silk, hardwood furniture, and ceramics. In the foreword, Kwang-Ching Liu expresses his belief that this book will eventually be regarded as a classic. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version. History is always picking and choosing what to concentrate on. I solved this problem a little by printing out a map and the timeline used on the wikipedia article on Chinese dynasties and used these two pieces of paper as bookmarks.
Ebrey obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago in 1968 and her Masters and PhD from Columbia University in 1970 and 1975, respectively. Wang visits China's primary schools and memory sites and reads its history textbooks, arguing that China's rise should not be viewed through a single lens, such as economics or military growth, but from a more comprehensive perspective that takes national identity and domestic discourse into account. I thoroughly enjoyed this textbook and found it very easy to follow along. In Ancient China, readers discover the history and impressive accomplishments of the people of ancient China, including their technological wonders and feats of construction. The same goes for this book, it delivered exactly what was promised well done but not in anyway special. 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. I felt as though I knew Chinese history but this cult was completely new to me and is just one example of the many fascinating moments a reader can expect from this book.