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China : a new cultural history

Author: Zhuoyun Xu
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2012.
Series: Masters of Chinese studies.
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An internationally recognized authority on Chinese history and a leading innovator in its telling, the author constructs an original portrait of Chinese culture. Unlike most historians, he resists centering his narrative on China's political evolution, focusing instead on the country's cultural sphere and its encounters with successive waves of globalization. Beginning long before China's written history and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Geschiedenis (vorm)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Zhuoyun Xu
ISBN: 9780231159203 023115920X 9780231159210 0231159218 9780231528184 0231528183
OCLC Number: 730906510
Language Note: Translated from the Chinese.
Description: xv, 612 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prehistory: China's earliest cultures according to regional archaeology --
The emergence of Chinese civilization: The sixteenth through third centuries B.C.E. --
China comes into its own: The third century B.C.E. to the second century C.E. --
China in East Asia: the second to tenth centuries C.E. --
China in an Asian multistate system: The tenth to fifteenth centuries C.E. --
China enters the world system, part 1: the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries --
China enters the world system, part 2: the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries --
A century of uncertainty: 1850 to 1950.
Series Title: Masters of Chinese studies.
Other Titles: Wan gu jiang he.
New cultural history of China
Responsibility: Cho-Yun Hsu ; translated by Timothy D. Baker, Jr. and Michael S. Duke.

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An internationally recognized authority on Chinese history and a leading innovator in its telling, the author constructs an original portrait of Chinese culture. Unlike most historians, he resists centering his narrative on China's political evolution, focusing instead on the country's cultural sphere and its encounters with successive waves of globalization. Beginning long before China's written history and extending through the twentieth century, he follows the content and expansion of Chinese culture, describing the daily lives of commoners, their spiritual beliefs and practices, the changing character of their social and popular thought, and their advances in material culture and technology. In addition to listing the achievements of emperors, generals, ministers, and sages, he builds detailed accounts of these events and their everyday implications. Dynastic change, the rise and fall of national ambitions, and the growth and decline of institutional systems take on new significance through the author's careful research, which captures the multiple strands that gave rise to China's pluralistic society. Paying particular attention to influential relationships occurring outside of Chinese cultural boundaries, he demonstrates the impact of foreign influences on Chinese culture and identity and identifies similarities between China's cultural developments and those of other nations.

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