When published in , this translation of Professor Jacques Gernet’s masterly survey of the history and culture of China was immediately welcomed by critics. , English, Book, Illustrated edition: A history of Chinese civilization / Jacques Gernet ; translated by J.R. Foster and Charles Hartman. Gernet, Jacques. Author: Gernet, Jacques; Subjects: China – Civilization.; China.; China – History. Summary: On 21 March , the airliner Southern Cloud vanished while en.

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So many small happenings and circumstances conspired to destroy all that China had going for it. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Oct 04, AskHistorians added it Shelves: A History of Chinese Civilization.

As a consequence, he is rather sympathetic towards the first Qin Emperor.

He taught Chinese language and culture at the Faculty of Arts from the Sorbonne infirst as a lecturer, then as professor from Of course, with any scholarly survey, he simply doesn’t have the time and space it is already over pages long to go into tremendous detail which is a challenge for a non-specialist like myself. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Gernet’s coverage is very interesting and encompasses the full range of Chinese history.

I histtory generally aware of the basic outlines of Chinese history, but not really in much detail because most of my academic background is the Graeco-Roman world. May 28, S. When published inthis translation of Professor Jacques Gernet’s masterly survey of the history and culture of China was immediately welcomed by critics and readers. Jan 29, Lesley rated it it was ok. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page chinede of 1. For my purposes, it provided such a detailed look at the trees, I got completely lost in the forest, and sometime forgot I was in a forest – In my ongoing quest to gain a general knowledge of China and its history I trudged my way through this exhaustively, comprehensive and scholastic tome.


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The condition of the second-hand book is good. The final chapter discusses the end of the Mao Tsu-tung era and the star This is a considerable lump of volumes, somewhat dense and histry than a tin of birds custard. How can i read this book? Sep 01, Ari added it Shelves: Gernet’s book is well worth the reading, even if it hernet getting a little long in the tooth.

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This is particularly true in intellectual history which is not my strong point in this area. These cults started civil wars, and were a near constant source of unrest.

In particular, he offers a complete whitewash of the ” Flowers Movement” and the “Great Leap Forward”. Treat it like a detailed encyclopaedia; if you want an informative but jaques read, try Jonathan Spence ‘s books. From the Middle Ages to Modern Times: Ming Taizu Hongwu Emperor is someone I would like to know more about. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?


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The usual story of continual movements of peoples and leaders, power shifts with frequent incursions by His description of China’s decline at the end of the 19th century focuses considerably on “humiliation” and face. I’m sure the last sentence seems a criticism, when, hustory fact, I intend it as, well, a statement of fact. Very good textbook, takes you from Confucius to Mao Tse Tung. For example, it would have been interesting to know the Chinese equivalent of the ethnic group “Sogdian”, or the Chinese name of Matteo Ricci.

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See 1 question about A History of Chinese Civilization…. Medieval civilization; Part IV. The Best Books of A History of Chinese Civilization is illustrated by a wide range of photographs, many maps, line drawings and tables.

Paperbackhistiry. English Choose a language for shopping. This book is an excellent resource for anyone, whether scholar or layman, who needs a quick reference guide to different periods in Chinese history.

Also, his scornful dismissal of Chiang Kai-shek appears to be emotion-laden, just as is his celebration of the Maoist “peasant” army.