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The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 1: The Ch'in and Han Empires, 221 BC-AD 220 Hardcover – December 26, 1986

ISBN-13: 978-0521243278 ISBN-10: 0521243270 Edition: 0th
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This volume begins the historical coverage of The Cambridge History of China with the establishment of the Ch'in empire in 221 BC and ends with the abdication of the last Han emperor in AD 220. Their pioneer achievements made these dynasties a formative influence throughout Chinese history.

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  • Hardcover: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (December 26, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521243270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521243278
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,645,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By K Hogan on May 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have to agree with the previous two reviewers...I have bought several (very expensive) volumes of the Cambridge History of China and the Cambridge History of Iran and they all suffer the same appalling binding...I'm afraid of reading them lest they fall apart in my hands!

While I appreciate 'print-on-demand' technology allows publishers to continue to produce books that only generate limited demand, that doesn't excuse $150+ volumes from being so poorly but together. The Cambridge University Press should either dramatically drop the price of these volumes to reflect the quality of their production, or even better, improve both the binding and print quality to reflect their price.

As an aside, the copies I have of The Cambridge History of Ancient China and The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire, which don't seem to be 'print on demand', are fine and of the quality I would expect.

The chances of me buying other volumes from this or any other Cambridge University series is pretty slim, which is too bad as the contents of the books themselves are generally brilliant.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By FB on January 29, 2009
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Cambridge University Press is giving itself a very bad press by publishing an expensive series made with a binding process that is good for pocket books, but absolutely insufficient for reference books of such a prestigious house. Many other Cambridge History Series are produced with high quality binding (stitch) as they deserve. In a modern world in which sections of books can be easily downloaded and printed individually, prestigious reference series can and should be made with high quality binding and can carry the appropriate price premium.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. Mantle on May 1, 2009
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I fully agree with the previous reviewer. For such an expensive volume, the binding is atrocious and I expect this book to disintegrate before too long. I am also writing to Cambridge to convey my disgust.
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