More populous than any other country on earth, China also occupies a unique place in our modern world for the continuity of its history and. The Cambridge Illustrated History of China has ratings and 33 reviews. Jim said: I’ve been a sinophile for years now and it was high time I read up o. “In The Cambridge Illustrated History of China Patricia Ebrey pursues these and other basic questions about the shaping of Chinese civilization. Her scope is.

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Return to Book Page. Having said that I must underline that this is a really good book on the history of China. The Age of Division. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Comprehensive Chinese history covering the past 5, years of a continuous civilization. An excellent overview, which is the most that can be expected from a survey.

Ebery’s The Inner Quarters: History is always picking and choosing what to concentrate on. It reads like a standard textbook and one that actively tries to avoid conflict and perhaps that was what I did not like, the lack of provocation.

The Cambridge Illustrated History of China by Patricia Buckley Ebrey

You’re going to get things like creation myths, the Great Flood myth, and the very early cultures. More populous than any other country on earth, China also occupies a unique place in our modern world for the continuity of its history and culture. Patricia Buckley’s book is completely accessible to the interested American reader. It’s not that cheap nor expensive and you get exactly what you paid for. This book does a good job detailing some of the very early events of Camrbidge history.

I am very glad Buckley Ebrey’s book was on top of that pile, because, as text-books go, it is a very good, very approachable and rather captivating one. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There is only one awkward timeline at the end written in bullet points. Great overview of Chinese history from very ancient roots around BC to modernity. Chkna, the rise of China as a global power in the 21st century puts an impetus on the well-informed to learn more about this nations history and culture.


In this sumptuously illustrated single-volume history, noted historian Patricia Ebrey traces the origins of Chinese culture from prehistoric times to the Jul 05, Dan Farmer rated it liked it.

Oct 09, Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: A solid overview of Chinese history. I found this one a good read because it dwelt on women in Chinese history and not just men, and also because it highlighted many Chinese technologies, art, ideas and books ancient and modern which I’m excited to follow through and find out more–especially with some of the classic novels ebeey.

Both a comprehensive introduction to an extraordinary civilization and an expert illusttated of the continuities and disjunctures of Chinese history, Professor Ebrey’s book has become an indispensable guide to China past and present. The same goes for this book, it delivered exactly what was promised well done but not in anyway special.

At pages of actual text, lavishly colour-illustrated, the author offers a broad overview of Chinese political history, with occasional, concise but crystal-clear forays into literature and philosophy. I recently came across a comparison between the technological histories of the Han and Roman empires in Mokyr’s The Lever of Riches and I was so compelled by the glimpse it gave me of Ancient China, that I decided to finally read my ‘China’ pile, or at least some of it!

I buy too many books, and they tend to pile up, unread though grouped according to my disparate interests, in the corners of my room. If anything I wish she had covered other ‘cultural’ subjects such as music, calligraphy or painting, and maybe given more space to controversies among historians, but on the whole this is pretty much what I expect from an introduction.


I solved this problem a little by print I’ve been a sinophile for years now and it was high time I read up on some Chinese history.

The Cambridge Illustrated History of China

The pictures in the book really help. Jul 17, Jim Peterson cambfidge it liked it Shelves: She follows its development from the rise of Confucianism, Budd More populous than any other country on earth, China also occupies a unique place in our modern world for the continuity of its history and culture. Well done cultural, social, and political history of China up until a short period after Mao’s death.

The Eastern Zhou Period. Selected pages Title Page. Super basic grounding in Chinese history: What pleased me enormously was the dialogue between the different groups of historians.

The images themselves are not only beautifully rendered but also masterfully picked so that they enhance the text, rather than detract from it. So a good book, pleasant to read and quite informative even if a bit too cautious and textbook like at times. Ebrey’s book gives an excellent overview of Chinese history, something many books struggle with, and manages to not only do this but also alongside, give insight into culture, arts, politics and key In that sense, this book, very professionally published, with excellent and entertaining text and fabulous pictures, is a great place to start.

I only had a few “aha” moments or only one “really? Oct 04, AskHistorians added it Shelves: