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The Cambridge Illustrated History of China

The Cambridge Illustrated History of China

2nd Edition



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  • Date Published: January 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521196208

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  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. This second edition includes a new chapter on China's recent opening to the world and a fully revised guide to further reading.

    • Enormous range, over 8000 years of Chinese history, written by a leading specialist
    • Special panel features on influential ideas, issues, people, events and places
    • Over 220 pictures, including nearly 30 maps
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: January 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521196208
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 211 x 31 mm
    • weight: 1.52kg
    • contains: 212 b/w illus. 28 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    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 (the cult of Mao)
    12. Opening to the world: China since 1976 (Tibet)

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • 20th Century China (also Traditional China; Late Imperial China)
    • An Introduction to China
    • Ancient China
    • Approaches to Chinese Art
    • Art & Culture of China
    • Art in Early China
    • Art of China
    • Art of China; Art of East Asia
    • Arts of China
    • Arts of Imperial China
    • Asia and the World
    • Asian Art survey; Gender Construction in Chinese Art
    • Asian Civilization I and ll
    • Asian Civilizations
    • Asian Cultural Studies
    • Buddhism in Chinese Civilization
    • Chang Tan
    • China Today
    • China and India at the beginning of the 21st century
    • China and Its Culture
    • China and Japan to 1800
    • China and the World
    • China before 1800
    • China from antiquty to 1800
    • China in the World: Mongols to Mao
    • China to 1800
    • China to 1840 (study abroad course in China)
    • China: 20th Century
    • China: Awakened Giant
    • China: Its Culture and Heritage
    • Chinese Art
    • Chinese Art and Culture
    • Chinese Civilization
    • Chinese Cultural Tradition
    • Chinese Culture I and Chinese Culture ll (two courses)
    • Chinese Culture Through Films
    • Chinese Culture and Civilization
    • Chinese Culture and Heritage
    • Chinese Culture and Society
    • Chinese Culture and Tradition
    • Chinese History
    • Chinese History after 1400
    • Chinese History and Civilization
    • Chinese History and Culture
    • Chinese Literature
    • Chinese Literature in Translation
    • Civilization of China
    • Civilizations of Asia ll
    • Conflict in East Asia
    • Confucian Tradition and China in Revolution
    • Contemporary China: Culture in Historical Practice
    • Contemporary China: Tradition & Innovation
    • Contemporary Chinese Society
    • Cross-Cultural Art History
    • Cultural History of Late Imperial China
    • Cultures and Societies of Asia: A Historical Survey ll
    • Dreams in Chinese Culture
    • Early Asian Civilizations / History of China
    • Early Chinese History
    • Early and Medieval China, China: 900-1800, and China since 1800
    • East Asia in History
    • East Asia: The Traditional Era
    • East Asian Civilization I and ll
    • East Asian Studies
    • East Asian Studies: China
    • Elementary Mandarin Chinese ll
    • Far East Art: China
    • Far East History
    • Foundations of Chinese Civilization
    • Foundations of Chinese Religion
    • History Civilization lll
    • History and Culture of China
    • History of Ancient China and History of Modern China
    • History of Asian Art (China)
    • History of Asian Religions and Thought
    • History of China
    • History of China through the Mongol Conquest, History of China Since the Mongol Conquest
    • History of China to 1644
    • History of Chinese Civilization
    • History of Chinese Culture and Civilization
    • History of Chinese Religions and Thought
    • History of Chinese Society and Culture
    • History of East Asia
    • History of Eastern Civilizations
    • History of Imperial China
    • History of Thought and Religion in China: Confucianism
    • History of Traditional China
    • Imperial China
    • Imperial/Modern China
    • Intro to Chinese Culture
    • Intro to East Asian Traditions
    • Intro to the Chinese Novel
    • Intro. to Modern China
    • Introduction to Asian Civ
    • Introduction to Asian Civilizations
    • Introduction to Asian Culture
    • Introduction to China
    • Introduction to China and Japan (Antiquity to 1840)
    • Introduction to Chinese Culture
    • Introduction to Chinese History
    • Introduction to Chinese Literature and "Chinese Vernacular Literature"
    • Introduction to Classical Chinese Literature
    • Introduction to East Asia: Continuity and Change
    • Introduction to Imperial China
    • Introduction to Traditional China
    • Issues in East Asia
    • Late Imperial China
    • Majestic China
    • Masterpieces of Chinese Literature in Translation
    • Modern China/Chinese Civilization
    • Modern China: 1644-Present
    • Perspectives on World History
    • Popular Culture and Public Protest in China
    • Pre-modern Chinese history
    • Premodern History of East Asia
    • Religion in China
    • Revolutionary China
    • Seminar in Chinese Art
    • Seminar in Modern Chinese Society
    • Social Institutions of China
    • Special Project: China
    • Studies in Asian Art
    • Survey of Chinese Civilization
    • Survey of Chinese Literture
    • The Chinese Revolution
    • The Making of Modern China
    • Traditional China/Modern China
    • Traditional China: History and Culture
    • Traditional China; modern China; Asian Civilization I & ll
    • Traditional Chinese Writers & Their Worlds
    • Traditional East Asia
    • Transnational History in Northeast Asia
    • Understanding a New Global Power: Cultural History, Economic Development, and Everyday Life in China
    • Visual Arts of China
    • World Civilizations China
    • World Civilizations: Focus on Asia
  • Author

    Patricia Buckley Ebrey, University of Washington
    Patricia Buckley Ebrey is Professor of History at the University of Washington and the author of multiple books and articles.

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