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When published in , this translation of Professor Jacques Gernet’s masterly survey of the history and culture of China was immediately welcomed by critics. , English, Book, Illustrated edition: A history of Chinese civilization / Jacques Gernet ; translated by J.R. Foster and Charles Hartman. Gernet, Jacques. Author: Gernet, Jacques; Subjects: China – Civilization.; China.; China – History. Summary: On 21 March , the airliner Southern Cloud vanished while en.

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What did they believe was different about eunuchs that made them fit to govern? My general familiarity with the broad outline of Chinese history helped, but I know there are details I missed because I simply didn’t understand it well enough. The formation of the centralized state; 4.

This is particularly true in the ancient period, which is the period I’m teaching on along with the mediaeval. The great recession; Would you like to tell us about a lower price? It’s no mean feat to condense years of civilisation into or so pages, and Gernet provides a surprisingly comprehensive overview of the history of China.

A detailed and updated hishory table and full bibliography complement the text and the expanded index now includes Chinese characters. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

The histpry of the gentry and the crisis in political institutions; 8. The tone, in general, is the standard detached academic tone for much of the book. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Thus he says, “in turning in our day towards a collectivist, state economy nearer to its ancient traditions the Chinese world has remained faithful to its own genius.


The failure of modernization and the advance of foreign intrusion; On many occasions I became confused as to what was the cause and what was the effect!

He seems to suggest that their humiliation at the hands of arrogant Westerners prevented the Chinese from being capable of any energetic action. In addition, the bibliography could be further enlarged by including lists of contemporary Chinese and even Japanese works. It shifts as civilizatino reach the late 19th century to include much more outrage at the treatment of China by the Western powers and Japan from the s on.

Of course, with any scholarly survey, he simply doesn’t have the time and space it is already over pages long to go into tremendous detail which is a challenge for a non-specialist like myself. Treat it gernst a detailed encyclopaedia; if you want an informative but smooth read, try Jonathan Spence ‘s books.

Jacques Gernet

Sep 01, Ari added it Shelves: I liked the reviews of this book, and so I purchased it. The sinicized empires; Feb 09, Jim Swike rated it liked it. Return to Book Page.

But little was explained about them. No trivia or quizzes yet.


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In particular, he offers a complete whitewash of the ” Flowers Movement” and the “Great Leap Forward”. Write a customer review.

But Chinese can read ancient text because changes in sounds have no effect on meaning. Gernet’s book is well worth the reading, even if it is getting a hostory long in the tooth. A History of Chinese Civilization. How did they start?

Limited by book-burning by First Emperor, a couple of thousand years ago. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

The Reign of the Autocrats and Eunuchs: A dry read, but extremely useful f It’s no mean feat to condense years of civilisation into or so pages, and Gernet provides a surprisingly comprehensive overview of the history of China. Aug 31, Daniel added it.

A History of Chinese Civilization

This is particularly true in intellectual history which is not my strong point in this area. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Most Chinese language historical works suffer from one or more of the following faults: Looking for beautiful books? Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

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