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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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 illustgated culture, arts, politics and key people at various times.

The Cambridge Illustrated History of China

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. You’re going cambridgr get things like creation myths, the Great Flood myth, and the very early cultures. 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.

Mar 25, Sarah rated it liked it. 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.

I’ve enjoyed quite a few of the Cambridge Illustrated books in the series, and I appreciate the many, many illustrations: This book does a good job detailing some of the very early events of China’s history.

She is now a cajbridge at the University of Washington. In this sumptuously illustrated single-volume history, now in its second edition, noted historian Patricia Buckley Ebrey traces the origins of Chinese culture 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.


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This book was one of two prescribed for my undergraduate Chinese history course and it served its purpose well. View all 4 comments. 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. Apr 25, Genevieve rated it really liked it Shelves: Trivia About The Cambridge Ill She became an associate professor in and a full professor three years later. Given the enormity of the subject, this book glosses over a fair bit, but I think it is a good introduction to the history of China.

The same goes for this book, it delivered exactly what was promised well done but not in anyway special. Super basic grounding in Chinese history: In this sumptuously illustrated single-volume history, noted historian Patricia Ebrey traces the origins of Chinese culture from prehistoric times to the present. I heartily recommend to those interested.

Ebrey, while she does have her moments of bias, is a cambridgr historian and is able to turn complex problems into something easy enough to digest for someone who hasn’t studied Chinese history before.

Patricia Buckley Ebrey is an American historian specializing in cultural and gender issues during the Cambrudge Song Dynasty. It is a masterpiece of clear concise writing, tying together dates, places, and names so that they clarify events instead of overwhelming the reader.

There is only one awkward timeline at the end written in bullet points.


So why did I only give it three stars? She follows its development from the rise of Confucianism, Buddhism, and the camrbidge imperial dynasties to the Mongol, Manchu, and Western intrusions and the modern communist state.

References to this book New Chinese Cinema: In this sumptuously illustrated single-volume history, noted historian Patricia Ebrey traces the origins of Chinese culture from prehistoric times to the I’ve been a sinophile for years now and it was high time I read up on some Chinese history. Jul 04, Robert rated it liked it.

Her work, Accumulating Culture: Patricia Buckley’s book is completely accessible to the interested American reader.

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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 chlna China past and present.

The images themselves are not only beautifully rendered but also masterfully picked so that they enhance the text, rather than detract from it. 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.

An excellent overview, which is the most that can be expected from a survey.