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Author Gernet, Jacques.

Title A history of Chinese civilization / Jacques Gernet ; translated by J.R. Foster and Charles Hartman.

Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1996.


Location Call No. Status
Uniform title Monde chinois. English
Edition 2nd ed.
Physical description xxiii, 801 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibiliographical references (pages [745]-780) and index.
Contents 1. The Archaic Monarchy -- 2. The Age of the Principalities -- 3. The Formation of the Centralized State -- 4. The Heritage of Antiquity -- 5. The Conquering Empire -- 6. Causes and Consequences of the Expansion -- 7. The Rise of the Gentry and the Crisis in Political Institutions -- 8. The Civilization of the Han Age -- 9. Barbarians and Aristocrats -- 10. The Medieval Civilization -- 11. The Aristocratic Empire -- 12. The Transition to the Mandarin Empire -- 13. From the Opening-up to the World to the Return to the Sources of the Classical Tradition -- 14. The New World -- 15. The Civilization of the Chinese 'Renaissance' -- 16. The Sinicized Empires -- 17. The Mongol Invasion and Occupation -- 18. Reconstruction and Expansion -- 19. Political, Social, and Economic Changes -- 20. The Beginnings of Modern China and the Crisis at the End of the Ming Dynasty -- 21. Intellectual Life in the Ming Age -- 22. The Conquest and the Foundation of the Manchu Regime.
23. The Enlightened Despots -- 24. Intellectual Life from the Middle of the Seventeenth Century to the End of the Eighteenth Century -- 25. The Great Recession -- 26. The Social Expansion and Its Consequences -- 27. The Failure of Modernization and the Advance of Foreign Intrusion -- 28. Intellectual Currents in the Nineteenth Century -- 29. The Disintegration of the Traditional Economy and Society -- 30. Political Developments in the First Half of the Twentieth Century -- 31. Philosophical and Literary Developments.
Summary When published in 1982, this translation of Professor Jacques Gernet's masterly survey of the history and culture of China was immediately welcomed by critics and readers. This revised and updated edition makes it more useful for students and for the general reader concerned with the broad sweep of China's past. Written with an elegant and flowing narrative, the essential virtue of Jacques Gernet's book is to see the history of Chinese civilization as a whole. Yet within the synthesis of the trends - social, political, religious, scientific, artistic - that make up China's past and present, the author never loses sight of the telling detail that brings history to life. A History of Chinese Civilization is illustrated by a wide range of photographs, many maps, line drawings and tables. A detailed and updated chronological table and full bibliography complement the text and the expanded index now includes Chinese characters.
Subject China -- Civilization.
ISBN 0521497817 (paperback)