The Cambridge Illustrated History of China has ratings and 33 reviews. Jim said: I’ve been a sinophile for years now and it was high time I read up o. Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more. 2, Fall Patricia Buckley Ebrey. The Cambridge Illustrated History of China. Cam bridge, New York, and Melbourne: Cambridge University Press,
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I did a lot of researching before deciding which general history of China to read.
Includes political, sociological, religious, cultural, economic history. Jul 15, Mark rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bought it for my Chinese wife and we read it together aloud.
The Cambridge Illustrated History of China
Drama and the Performing Arts. There are a good number of illustrations, clear maps, and brief tables.
China was one of them – intimidatingly foreign because of the language, the size of its territory, the length of its history and the breadth of the historiography Both a comprehensive introduction illustrahed 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.
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Jan 29, Mary Rose rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 and in Tiananmen Square. Good book–rather technical, but a good book to read before you go visit China. Whatever your interest in China — history, politics, religion or art — this book will serve as a launchpad for the reader starting at zero.
This book was able to trigger all of these feelings while I read it. The straightforward chronology spends a reasonable amount of time on each period, not just treating China’s history as Before Mao and After Mao like I’ve seen other books do. Finally it is important to notice the time this was published the events of tiananmen were fresh in mind and the economic powerhouse that is China was not as recognized or feared as it is today yet still already it was clear that China would not fade away as the USSR had after the cold war.
It’s the best introduction to the World’s largest and possibly most influential nation that I’ve seen. I solved this problem a little by print I’ve been a sinophile for years now and it was high time I read up on some Chinese history. It really is a great text book, would definitely recommend. Jan 24, Mary rated it it was amazing Shelves: This second edition includes a new chapter on China’s recent opening to the world and a fully revised guide to further reading.
Cambridge University Press Amazon. The pictures in the book really help.
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In that sense, this book, very professionally published, with excellent and entertaining text and fabulous pictures, is a great place to start. A bit heavy now and then but very informative.
The author was clearly convinced that her background as a western modern trained historian living in the current age has had an enourmous role in shaping her analysis. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Having said that I must cambrideg that this is a really good book on the history of China. It’s a very readable presentation and you can get the older edition for just a few bucks.
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I refused to accept that idea. I recently came across a comparison between the technological histories of the Cambrkdge and Roman empires in Mokyr’s The Lever of Riches and I was so compelled by the glimpse it gave me of Ancient China, that I decided ihstory finally read my ‘China’ pile, or at least some of it!
Oct 30, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: 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.