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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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.

This book does a good job detailing some of the very early events of China’s history. Her scope is phenomenal–embracing Chinese arts, culture, economics, society and its treatment of women, foreign policy, emigration, and politics, including the key uprisings of and in Tiananmen Square. If anything I wish she had covered other ‘cultural’ subjects such as music, calligraphy or painting, and maybe given more space to controversies among historians, but on the whole this is pretty much what I expect from an introduction.

I did a lot of researching before deciding which general history of China to read.

It tries to balance things out but the scholars and philosophies to me stuck out the most, on the hiistory the material history of Chinese societies was a bit underdeveloped. Lists with This Book. She has interesting asides about art history, women’s history, intellectual history, and the like, which really liven up the readings.


The Cambridge Illustrated History of China by Patricia Buckley Ebrey

I wish it had more maps throughout the chapters as well as some timelines. All-in-all I believe it is a great introduction textbook, especially to college students.

It’s a very readable presentation and you can get the older edition for just a few bucks. More populous than any other country on earth, China also occupies a unique place in our modern world for the continuity illuetrated its history and culture.

illlustrated Very good introduction to Chinese history for all including the Chinese! Finally, the author pays special attention to possible Western biases or misconceptions and handles them gracefully. Oct 20, Ling rated it really liked it.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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 camgridge indispensable guide to China past and present.

The Illsutrated Illustrated History of China. At pages of actual text, lavishly colour-illustrated, the author offers a broad overview of Chinese political history, with occasional, concise but crystal-clear forays into literature and philosophy.

It’s a history textbook, but I managed to read it cover to cover so I’d say it is reasonably well written. Histry same goes for this book, it delivered exactly what was promised well done but not in anyway special.

The images themselves are not only beautifully rendered but also masterfully picked so that they enhance the text, rather than detract iplustrated it. Apr 28, Jen rated it it was ok Shelves: This is the general reference book to get that is as enjoyable to read as it is informative as well as academically rigorous in its methodology.


The Cambridge Illustrated History of China

Great overview of Chinese history from very ancient roots around BC to modernity. Jul 24, Bertrand rated it liked it Shelves: China’s age, illustated, and size make it something that every literate human on Earth should know something about.

Feb 13, James rated it liked it Shelves: It’s the best introduction to the World’s largest and possibly most influential nation that I’ve seen. Open Preview See a Problem? Apr 25, Genevieve rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I heartily recommend to those interested.

This book was one of two prescribed for my undergraduate Chinese history course and it served its purpose well. 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. History is always picking and choosing what to concentrate on.

Does what it says on the tin.