China : empire and civilization /Material type: BookPublisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000Description: 256 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 29 cm.ISBN: 0195216628 (alk. paper) :.Title notes: $39.95 3-2001Subject(s): China | China -- Civilization
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To Western eyes, China is one of the most mysterious and intriguing of all civilizations. The legacy of its long dynastic rule, extending back more than 3000 years, includes fascinating contributions to philosophy, religion, art, science, and mythology that continue to influence the modernworld. China: Empire and Civilization explores the ideas and achievements of this unique culture through a combination of authoritative, accessible scholarship and magnificent imagery. Drawing on the most recent discoveries and theories, the book presents China's history, society, and beliefs from the legends of prehistory to the end of imperial power in 1912. It investigates the key cultural, spiritual, and artistic traditions of this vast civilization and describes thecountry's major scientific and technological innovations, such as gunpowder, printing, and the compass. An investigation of trading routes, both by land and sea, challenges the conventional view of China as an isolated, insular civilization, stressing instead the impact of its sophisticated societyupon the world. A final section discusses the continuing legacy of the imperial period through the turbulent years of the twentieth century up to the present day. A wealth of color photography and imaginative artwork, together with a lively and authoritative text, vividly evokes the pinnacles of Chinese civilization as well as the realities of everyday life, from life in the Imperial court to the most rural villages.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 240-244) and index.
"All under heaven" / Richard von Glahn -- Continuity and change / Mark Edward Lewis -- The role of the state / John Chinnery -- Family and society / John Chinnery -- The creation of wealth / Richard von Glahn -- Confucianism : order and virtue / Jennifer Oldstone-Moore -- Following the Dao / Jennifer Oldstone-Moore -- The way of the Buddha / Jennifer Oldstone-Moore -- The harmony of heaven and earth / Edward L. Shaughnessy -- The realm of ghosts and spirits / Edward L. Shaughnessy -- Healing and medicine / Vivienne Lo -- Technology and science / Peter J. Golas -- The fine and decorative arts / Ni Yibin -- The performing arts / Ni Yibin -- Architecture and planning / Nancy R.S. Steinhardt -- Afterword : The legacy of 4,000 years / Edward L. Shaughnessy.