More populous than any other country on earth, China also occupies a unique place in our modern world for the continuity of its history and. 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. “In The Cambridge Illustrated History of China Patricia Ebrey pursues these and other basic questions about the shaping of Chinese civilization. Her scope is.

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Mar 24, Ethan Pabst rated it really liked it.

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This book does a good job detailing some of the very early events of China’s history. Ebrey’s book gives an excellent overview of Chinese history, illustfated many books struggle with, and manages to not only do this but also alongside, give insight into ollustrated, arts, politics and key 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.

It strikes the right balance, as far as I am concerned, between the epic which it would be criminal to spurn when writing of a years old empirethe exotic which, to this cambrifge reader, was a large part of its appeal and the analytic. In this sumptuously illustrated single-volume history, noted historian Patricia Ebrey traces the origins of Chinese culture from prehistoric times to the present.

Well done cultural, social, and political history of China up until a short period after Mao’s death.

Oct 30, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: The book might sound daunting but at around pages it quite succinctly covers the different eras and is full of fantastic pictures of items and places from antiquity up to the present day. 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.


Finally, the author pays special attention to possible Western biases or misconceptions and handles them gracefully. Cambridge University Press Amazon.

There was nothing wrong but nothing really got you excited either, so what is there to talk about or to remember? China’s age, population, and size make it something that every literate human on Earth should know something about.

Jul 24, Bertrand rated it liked it Shelves: It really is a great text book, would definitely recommend. It’s a very readable presentation and you can get the older edition for just a few bucks. The straightforward chronology spends a reasonable amount of time on each period, not just treating China’s history as Before Mao and After Mao like I’ve seen other books do.

She became an associate professor in and a full professor three years later. It is a tad bit dry, but that is to be expected with most textbooks.

Jul 04, Robert rated it liked it. Jul 05, Dan Farmer rated it liked it. I found this one a good read because it dwelt on women in Chinese history and not just men, and also because it highlighted many Chinese technologies, art, ideas and books ancient and modern which I’m excited to follow through and find out more–especially with some of the classic novels mentioned.

Finally, the author pays special attention to possible Western biases illuwtrated misconceptions and handles them Incredibly beautiful. 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.

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.


It’s a history textbook, but I managed to read it cover to cover so I’d say it is reasonably well ot. Paperbackpages. I refused to accept that idea. Return to Book Page. References to this book New Chinese Cinema: The Cambridge Illustrated History of China. Jan 29, Mary Rose rated it really liked it Shelves: Despite that and yet unsurprisinglyUnited States education and media treat China as some sort of sideline place that hardly existed before colonialism, communism, and capitalism.

Oct 09, Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: I’d never read any of those ‘Cambridge Illustrated Histories’ but I am sold: Selected pages Title Page.

The Cambridge Illustrated History of China by Patricia Buckley Ebrey

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. You finish the book less clear about Chinese history than when you started. The pictures in the book really help. About Patricia Buckley Ebrey. A concise introduction to Chinese history from the very beginning to the late 20th Centuryreplete with colorful photos.

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The Cambridge Illustrated History of China

Want to Read saving…. Jul 15, Mark rated it it was amazing Shelves: Don’t let the visuals fool you into thinking this is a glorified picture book. This history of China, with illustrations, is a wonderful look at the nation’s history from pre-dynasty times to the present. I did a lot of researching before deciding which general hiwtory of China to read.

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