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The Cambridge Illustrated History of China 2nd Edition
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Still, a wonderful Chinese History book, highly recommended.
--author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization
It is informative, but often feels sporadic.
The book begins with a brief look at the topography and pre-history of China. Later chapters are organized around the succession of dynasties. Each chapter covers not only the political events of that dynasty, but also the major social and cultural trends. Sidebars go into specific topics such as silk making, painting or literature. The final chapters cover in more detail China's tumultous 20th century, ending with the mid 1990s when the book went to print.
Ebrey's observations on recent Chinese history do not appear to be affected by any particular bias. She offers, for example, several alternative assessments of the legacy of Mao Zedong. In the fascinating epilogue she explains some of the problems in interpreting China's history--and history in general--due to the nature of our sources and our own cultural preconceptions. For Western readers who are accustomed to viewing history as a succession of rises and falls, she suggests Chinese history is better seen as a series of oscillations, yin and yang, representing neither advance nor decline.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is well-written, concise and easy to understand. I am reading it to clean up my understanding of Chinese history.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Bought for an Eastern Asian Culture class. Not much you can say about a history textbook. It covers the topics it needs to. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Beans
This is a wonderful book. Too many positives to explain.Published 2 months ago by trouts2 David Kirkpatrick
Good overview of Chinese history, but because it's covering a lot of info in a relatively small space it sometimes feels a little patchy.Published 9 months ago by Jill M. Gordon
Outstanding introductory textbook re Chinese History and Art.
Narration is deep but easy to read
Buy this one and Li Feng's "Early China" before any others. It is comprehensive and directed at those in-the-know, and at the same time completely accessible and engrossing... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
A well-written introduction but only that. Chinese history is extremely ancient, well-documented and complicated. Ebrey does a good job in a in a book of reasonable length. Read morePublished 15 months ago by James Kenney
Needed this book for a Chinese History class and it arrived on time and in great condition. The price was more than fair and WAY cheaper than buying it new. Read morePublished 15 months ago by BeeDee