The Cambridge Illustrated History of China

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 25, 2010 - History - 384 pages
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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.
  

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User Review  - xuebi - LibraryThing

Ebrey's book gives an excellent overview of Chinese history, something many books struggle with, and manages to not only do this but also alongside, give insight into culture, arts, politics and key ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rupert Knowles - Goodreads

Comprehensive. Bought it for my Chinese wife and we read it together aloud. Very good introduction to Chinese history for all including the Chinese! Read full review

Contents

Contents
6
The Eastern Zhou Period
38
The Qin and
60
The Age of Division
86
The Tang Dynasty
108
The Song Dynasty
136
The Liao fin and Yuan Dynasties
164
Drama and the Performing Arts
186
The Qing Dynasty
220
The Early Twentieth Century
262
The Peoples Republic
305
China Since 1976
332
Epilogue
360
Index
376
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About the author (2010)

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

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