- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2nd edition (January 25, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521124336
- ISBN-13: 978-0521124331
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cambridge Illustrated History of China 2nd Edition
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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. 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.
About the Author
Patricia Buckley Ebrey is Professor of History at the University of Washington and the author of multiple books and articles.
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Still, a wonderful Chinese History book, highly recommended.
Ebrey gets across the important point that we look to China and want a simple, linear summary, when China is complex and decidedely non-linear. (The Cultural Revolution as much happened to Mao as it was caused by him, for example). Moreover, she explains how our Western world view needs to see certain things (we always want the good guys to win in the end--perhaps they won't). This book would be great for a student at any level from High School library on to college. It could be used as a text and I'm also recommending it to US business people working with China. It's a wonderful introduction to the culture. The only quibble is that the Anglo pronunciation of pinyin isn't explained with a reference (for example, Qing Dynasty is pronounced "Ching" but you can't find that here). The pricing is very attractive too.