The Heritage of Chinese Civilization

The Heritage of Chinese Civilization

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For Introduction to Chinese History and Introduction to East Asia courses. A clear and manageable single volume narrative covering all the major periods of Chinese history. The text is presented chronologically and features brief principle interpretations to provide an accessible introductory overview of an expansive subject more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 175.3 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 294.84g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0131346105
  • 9780131346109

Table of contents

Maps xiDocuments xiiiPreface xv 1Early China 3 Origins: The Old and New Stone Ages 4Early Bronze Age: The Shang 6Later Bronze Age: The Western Zhou 10Iron Age: The Eastern Zhou 12Iron Age: The Birth of Chinese Philosophy 14Confucianism 17Daoism 21Legalism 23 2China's First Empire (221 b.c.e.-220 c.e.) and Its Aftermath (220-589) 29 Qin Unification of China 30Former Han Dynasty (206 b.c.e.-8 c.e.) 33The Dynastic Cycle 33Early Years of the Former Han Dynasty 33Han Wudi 34Government During the Former Han 36Decline and Usurpation 39Later Han (25-220 c.e.) and Its Aftermath (220-589) 40First Century 40Decline During the Second Century 40Aftermath of Empire 41Han Thought and Religion 43Han Confucianism 43History 44Neo-Daoism 45Buddhism 49China's First Empire in Historical Perspective 50 3Imperial China (589-1368) 55 Reestablishment of Empire: Sui (589-618) and Tang (618-907) Dynasties 56The Sui Dynasty 57The Tang Dynasty 57Government 57The Empress Wu 60The Chang'an of Emperor Xuanzong60The Tang Empire 61Rebellion and Decline 63Tang Culture 65Transition to Late Imperial China: The Song Dynasty (960-1279) 70Agricultural Revolution of the Song: From Serfs to Free Farmers 71Commercial Revolution of the Song 72Emergence of the Yangzi Basin 72New Technology 72Rise of a MoneyEconomy 73Trade 73Government: From Aristocracy to Autocracy 75Song Culture 77Philosophy 77Poetry 78Painting 80Chinain the Mongol World Empire:The Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) 81Rise of the Mongol Empire 82Mongol Rule in China 84Foreign Contacts and Chinese Culture 88Last Years of the Yuan 89Imperial China in Historical Perspective 90 4Late Imperial China: The Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) Dynasties 95 Land and People 97China's Third Commercial Revolution 98Women and the Commercial Revolution 99Political System 101The Role of Confucianism 102The Role of Emperor 102The Role of Bureaucracy 104The Role of Gentry 105The Pattern of Manchu Rule 106Foreign Relations 108Ming 108Qing 110Contacts with the West 111Culture 113Late Imperial China in Historical Perspective 118 5Modern China (1839-1949) 123 The Close of Manchu Rule 125The Opium War and Its Aftermath 125Rebellions Against the Manchus 128Self-Strengthening and Decline (1874-1895) 130The Borderlands 133From Dynasty to Warlordism (1895-1926) 135Cultural and Ideological Ferment: The May Fourth Movement 139Nationalist China 143Guomindang Unification of China and the Nanjing Decade (1927-1937) 143War and Revolution (1937-1949) 146Modern China in Historical Perspective 150 6China, the Last Half Century 155 Mao's China 156Consolidation 156The Soviet Model 158The Great Leap Forward 158The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1965-1976) 160ChinaAfter Mao 162Political Developments 162Economic Growth 164Social Change 166China's Relations with the World 168Taiwan 170China, the Outlook 173 Indexshow more

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