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Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook, 2nd Ed 2nd Revised and Expanded Edition

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ISBN-10: 002908752X
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About the Author

Patricia Buckley Ebrey is Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and the author of "Confucianism and Family Rituals in Imperial China" (1991).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 524 pages
  • Publisher: The Free Press; 2nd Revised and Expanded edition (May 10, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 002908752X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0029087527
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This work is a great introduction to Chinese civilization and helps the reader to get into the Chinese mind and mentallity. Great if you want an overview but the timespan it covers is so huge that it can not deal with any one time in too much detail.
I found Chinese Sketches: Life in 19th Century China very useful for 19th century China as it is a first-hand account.
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I am not a huge fan of Chinese history, so I can't tell you if you will like this book from that perspective. However, I am a college student that had to write a ten page history paper on China. I bought this book because I needed primary sources that covered foreign relations in China during certain dynasties. I was very pleased to find many useful sources for my paper, and I can tell that there are many more useful sources for other categories of Chinese history.

So basically, if you frequently find yourself in situations that require you to quote and cite historical Chinese documents, this is probably a good book to add to your library. I know that I will keep this book for a long time, because I have another Chinese history class in the Fall :)
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Needed this book for a college history class. I am not the biggest fan of this book. The organization is okay and there are some extremely interesting sections but many sections seem dull.
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Good source material for chinese studies. Ranging from earliest documents and oral tradition to contemporary texts. Documents are grouped by historical period and theme.
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enjoyable and informative read
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An excellent textbook...
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Just what I needed for class. Easy to follow for the most part and able to get what I needed out of it!
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Great condition for a great price
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