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    DescriptionThe Great Wall of China is renowned as one of the most impressive and intriguing man-made structures on earth. It is also the subject of an awesome mythology, embedded in both learned and popular imaginations, which has grown up and now obscured the historical record. Even the maps which chart the Wall's position offer erroneous accounts of a phenomenon which has never been accurately surveyed. Arthur Waldron reveals that the notion of an ancient and continuously existing Great Wall, one of modern China's national symbols and a legend in the eyes of the West, is in fact a myth. His fascinating account reveals the strategic and political context for the decision to build walls as fortified defences, and explores its profound implications for nomadic and agricultural life under the Ming dynasty. Taking up the insights offered into more recent Chinese politics, the book concludes with a searching investigation of the Wall's new meanings in the myths - departing from that history - fostered in our own century.


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    Title
    The Great Wall of China
    Subtitle
    From History to Myth
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Arthur Waldron
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 316
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 400 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521427074
    ISBN 10: 052142707X
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1F
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: GEO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.0
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA, HBJF
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: GTB
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17400
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
    DC22: 951
    Abridged Dewey: 951
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1F, 1QDA
    DC20: 931
    LC classification: DS793.G67 W25 1990
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: DS793.G67W
    Thema V1.0: GTM, NHF, NHC
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    19 b/w illus. 8 maps
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    26 October 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    'Historical writing at its best, a brilliant and very readable account.' The Asia Society 'This book has a wisdom, a patience, and a confidence about it that enrich Waldron's wonderful knack for writing history.' History Book Club 'One of the few books that change our basic assumptions about China.' Publisher's Weekly
    Table of contents
    List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; Note on romanization; 1. Introduction: what is the Great Wall of China?; Part I. First Considerations: 2. Early Chinese walls; 3. Strategic origins of Chinese walls; Part II. The Making of the Great Wall: 4. Geography and strategy: the importance of the Ordos; 5. Security without walls: early Ming strategy and its collapse; 6. Toward a new strategy: the Ordos crisis and the first walls; 7. Politics and military policy at the turn of the sixteenth century; 8. The second debate over the Ordos; 9. The heyday of wall-building; Part III. The Significance of Wall-Building: 10. The Great Wall and foreign policy: the problem of compromise; 11. The Wall acquires new meanings; Notes; Bibliography; Chinese and Japanese materials; Western materials; Glossary; Index.