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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The Cambridge Illustrated History of China

Singapore in the Global System: Patricia Buckley Ebrey is Professor of History at the University of Washington and the author of multiple books and articles. Cambridge University Press Amazon.

It reads like a standard textbook and one that actively tries to avoid conflict and perhaps that was what I did not like, the lack of provocation. It tries to balance things out but the scholars and philosophies to me stuck out the most, on the opposite the material history of Chinese societies was a bit underdeveloped. This is the general reference book to get that is as enjoyable to read as it is lilustrated as well as academically rigorous in its methodology.

The Cambridge Illustrated History of China by Patricia Buckley Ebrey

She follows its development from the rise of Confucianism, Buddhism, and the great imperial dynasties to the Mongol, Manchu, and Western intrusions and the modern communist state. Jul 05, Dan Farmer rated it liked it. This book does a good job detailing some of the very early events of China’s history.


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 ignorant reader, was a large part of its appeal and the analytic.

So a good book, pleasant to read and quite informative even if a bit too cautious and textbook like at times.

A coherent book, well balanced chapters and sub chapters and an interesting mix of topics.

Wonderful illustrations and side bars throughout. Dec 20, Cole Jack rated it liked it Shelves: Jan 13, Mike Bull rated it really liked it.

The pictures in the book really help. Lists with This Book. I did a lot of researching before deciding which general history of China to read. Ebrey’s book gives an excellent overview of Chinese history, something many books struggle with, and manages to not only do this but also alongside, give insight into culture, arts, politics and key people at various times. Jul 06, Andre rated it really liked it. In this sumptuously illustrated single-volume history, noted historian Patricia Ebrey traces the origins of Chinese culture from prehistoric times to the present.

This book was written with this in mind and this only adds to the arguments that this is a perfect start for anyone who is interested in China from any discipline for it lacks the “china will dominate us all” attitude so prevalent in most books and articles on China today.


Finally, the author pays special attention to possible Western biases or misconceptions and handles them gracefully. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In this sumptuously illustrated single-volume history, noted historian Patricia Ebrey traces the origins of Chinese culture from prehistoric times to the present.

You finish the book less clear about Chinese history than when you started. When you someone asks you how it was, you answer: So why chiha I only give it three stars? You need to be reeeeallllly interested in Chinese history to like this book.

Jan 29, Mary Rose rated it really liked it Shelves: Feb 13, James rated it liked it Shelves: This book was able to trigger all of these feelings while I read it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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. Return to Book Page.

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