China's Cultural Heritage: Qing Dynasty, 1644-1912

China's Cultural Heritage: Qing Dynasty, 1644-1912


By (author) Richard J. Smith

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  • Publisher: Westview Press Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 386 pages
  • Dimensions: 167mm x 232mm x 28mm | 717g
  • Publication date: 1 September 1994
  • Publication City/Country: Boulder, CO
  • ISBN 10: 0813313465
  • ISBN 13: 9780813313467
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: photographs, tables, figures

Product description

The Qing Dynasty formed an important bridge between "traditional" and "modern" China. Spanning a period of remarkable continuity, this dynamic and culturally-sophisticated dynasty has attracted an enormous amount of new scholarship in recent years, and this work, which has been extensively expanded and updated, Richard J. Smith shows how the Chinese of the Qing Dynasty viewed the world, and how their outlook was expressed in China's institutions, material culture and customs. His analysis of China's enduring traditions encompasses aspects ranging from daily life to mythology, religion, divination and philosophy.

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Table of contents

Part 1 The Qing inheritance: the legacy of the land; the historical background. Part 2 The Qing political order: imperial rule and metropolitan officers; administrative integration. Part 3 Social and economic institutions: social classes; forms of Chinese socioeconomic organization. Part 4 Language and symbolic reference: distinctive features of the language; language and culture. Part 5 Thought: the Chinese mental world; the Confucian moral order; Daoist flight and fancy. Part 6 Religion: official sacrifices; Buddhism and sectarian Daoism; popular religion. Part 7 Art: attitudes toward art; crafts; painting and calligraphy. Part 8 Literature: categories of classical literature; vernacular literature. Part 9 Social activities: life-cycle ritual; amusements. Part 10 Tradition and modernity, 1860-1992.