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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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. The images themselves are not only beautifully rendered but also masterfully picked so that they enhance the text, rather than detract from it.
I am very glad Buckley Ebrey’s book was on top of that pile, because, as text-books go, it is a very good, very approachable and rather captivating one.
Dec 20, Cole Jack rated it liked it Shelves: I found this one a good read because it dwelt on women in Chinese history and not just men, and also because it highlighted many Chinese technologies, art, ideas and books ancient and modern which I’m excited to follow through and find out more–especially with some of the classic novels mentioned.
Super basic grounding in Chinese history: Great overview of Chinese history from very ancient roots around BC to modernity. This book was written with this in mind and this only adds to the arguments that this is a perfect start for anyone who is interested in China from any discipline for it lacks the “china will dominate us all” attitude so prevalent in most books and articles on China today.
Well done cultural, social, and political history of China up until a short period after Mao’s death. The Liao fin and Yuan Dynasties. The Age of Division. Refresh and try again. Lists with This Book. The illustrations help make this textbook more interesting and the format is well-organized.
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. The pictures in the book really help.
Patricia Buckley Ebrey is an American historian specializing in cultural and gender issues during the Chinese Song Dynasty. Well because it’s bland in its well written and well build up way.
It’s the best introduction to the World’s largest and possibly most influential nation that I’ve seen. Explores fascinating cultural constants such as Confucianism and logographic writing that have uniquely shaped China for thousands of years. I would’ve liked a general timeline for each dynasty and all the dynasties together. This history of China, with illustrations, is a wonderful look at the nation’s history from pre-dynasty 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. Ebrey, while she does have her moments of bias, is a superb historian and is able to turn complex problems into something easy enough to digest for someone who hasn’t studied Chinese history before.
A bit heavy now and then but very informative. Singapore in the Global System: Open Preview See a Problem?
Both a comprehensive introduction to an extraordinary civilization, and an expert chnia 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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When you someone asks you how it was, you answer: Given the enormity of the subject, this book glosses over a fair bit, but I think it is a good introduction to the history of China.
I only had a few “aha” moments or only one “really? Books by Patricia Buckley Ebrey. Oct 30, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving…. Apr 25, Genevieve rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 04, Robert rated it liked it.
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. References to this book New Chinese Cinema: It would also be beneficial to an interested lay-person, who wants an overview of Chinese history before finding a more detailed and specialised book.
An excellent overview, which is the most that can be expected from a survey. It is a masterpiece of clear concise writing, tying together dates, places, and names so that they clarify events instead of overwhelming the reader.
The Cambridge Illustrated History of China
Chija I did a lot of researching before deciding which general history of China to read. In this sumptuously illustrated single-volume history, now in its second edition, noted historian Patricia Buckley Ebrey traces the origins of Chinese culture The book lacked focus: It really is a great text book, would definitely recommend.
Apr 28, Jen rated it it was ok Shelves: All-in-all I believe it is a great introduction textbook, especially to college students. That reason alone is a good one for reading this book.