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    China's Cultural Heritage: Qing Dynasty, 1644-1912 (Paperback) By (author) Richard J. Smith


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    DescriptionThe Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) - a crucial bridge between "traditional" and "modern" China - was a period remarkable for its expansiveness and cultural sophistication. In this extensively revised and expanded edition of his highly regarded book, Richard J. Smith shows how the Chinese of the Qing Dynasty viewed the world; how their outlook was expressed in their institutions, material culture, and customs; and how China's preoccupation with order, unity, and harmony contributed to the remarkable cohesiveness and continuity of traditional Chinese civilization. In addition to offering a new and challenging interpretation of Chinese culture as a whole, he provides a fresh perspective on a wide variety of topics, from gender issues, philosophy, religion, and mythology to language, aesthetics, and symbolism. He also examines a number of important but too-often neglected aspects of traditional Chinese daily life, including divination, food, music, sexual practices, festivals, child-rearing, and games. Based on the author's careful rethinking of certain themes and arguments presented in the first edition, this revised version of China's Cultural Heritage also draws heavily upon the enormous body of new scholarship on Chinese history and culture that has appeared in the last decade. Although focused primarily on the Qing Dynasty, the book not only sheds valuable light on the distant past but it also helps us to understand China's contemporary problems of modernization. A concluding chapter systematically explores the legacy of traditional Chinese culture to the twentieth century.

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    China's Cultural Heritage
    Qing Dynasty, 1644-1912
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard J. Smith
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    ISBN 13: 9780813313474
    ISBN 10: 0813313473

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC
    BIC subject category V2: JFC
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3J
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 68
    B&T Approval Code: A14500000
    DC22: 951/.03
    B&T Approval Code: A15406030
    DC20: 951.03
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: DS754.14 .S6 1994, DS754.14.S
    Thema V1.0: NHF, JBCC
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3M
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1FPC
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    photographs, tables, figures
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    19 July 1994
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY