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D'Arcy Brown, Liam

Works: 5 works in 13 publications in 1 language and 402 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Local history  History 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works about Liam D'Arcy Brown
Most widely held works by Liam D'Arcy Brown
Green dragon, sombre warrior : a journey round China's symbolic frontiers by Liam D'Arcy Brown( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The ancient Chinese divided the zodiac into four quadrants and assigned a ruler to each - the Green Dragon of the East, the Scarlet Phoenix of the South, the White Tiger of the West and the Sombre Warrior of the North. As manifestations in animal form of wood, fire, metal and water - four of the Five Elements that underlay Creation - they symbolized the belief that even the most distant realms of All Under Heavan, though diverse, existed in harmony." "Taking the same frame of reference, Liam D'Arcy Brown set out to travel to the four corners of the People's Republic to reconcile for himself modern China's seemingly irreconcilable extremes. His 10,000-mile journey took him to an isolated fishing community in the East China Sea, a tropical holiday resort on Hainan Island, a Muslim city on the Silk Road and a riverside village in remote Manchuria. In each he discovered aspects of China that the wider world seldom glimpses. And amongst the variety of her peoples, the tangled web of her many histories and the astonishing contrasts of her physical and social geography, he found common themes: the hardships faced now that the iron rice bowl has been taken away; the strength millions have found in religion; the corruption and entrepreneurship that flourish in the rush to modernize; the growing nationalism that is drowning out minority voices; and gentler, domestic pleasures - pork buns steaming in a bamboo basket, gold Chinese characters pasted to a doorway on a red paper diamond, a battered thermos flask stencilled with the Double Happiness motif."--BOOK JACKET
Chusan : the Opium War & the forgotten story of Britain's first Chinese island by Liam D'Arcy Brown( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide


1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Abstract : There has been much speculation about marriage practices in 18th century England, and many commentators have assumed that cohabitation was common, particularly among the lower orders. More recent work on southern parishes has, however, suggested that formal marriage was the norm, and cohabitation vanishingly rare, both before and after the passage of the Clandestine Marriages Act of 1753. This article sets out to test whether that conclusion holds good for those more remote parts of the north-west in which, it has been claimed, informal practices still flourished. Drawing on a cohort of over a thousand couples identified from the Westmorland 'census' of 1787, this article discusses the challenges in tracing where and when those couples had married, and shows how all the evidence nonetheless suggests very high levels of compliance with the formal legal requirements. This in turn has important implications for the assumed completeness of parochial registers and the likelihood of family historians being able to trace a marriage
The emperor's river : travels to the heart of a resurgent China by Liam D'Arcy Brown( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

D'Arcy-Brown set out to be the first Westerner in modern times to travel the length of China's great wonder: the Grand Canal. During his journey, he attempts to reconcile the China which fascinated him as a child with the modern, more open China he sees now
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Audience level: 0.49 (from 0.35 for The empero ... to 0.88 for WESTMORLAN ...)

Green dragon, sombre warrior : a journey round China's symbolic frontiers
Alternative Names
Brown, Liam D'Arcy

Liam D’Arcy Brown britischer Sinologe und Reiseschriftsteller

Liam D’Arcy Brown sinologue, essayiste et écrivain

Liam D'Arcy Brown Brits auteur

林杰 1970年)

English (13)

Green dragon, sombre warrior : travels to China's extremesGreen dragon, sombre warrior : a journey round China's symbolic frontiers