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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The failure of modernization and the advance of foreign intrusion; Very good textbook, takes you from Confucius to Mao Tse Tung. As for the English translation, to render all the origin Though I do not doubt Gernet’s scholarship, which in this book is wide-ranging and often in depth, the book suffers firstly from a sometimes over-specialisation on certain matters such as devoting several pages to the intricacies of Tang dynasty horse-breeding and a startling lack of work on post China.

How did they start? Written with an elegant and flowing narrative, the essential virtue of Jacques Gernet’s book is to see the history of Chinese civilization as a whole. Feb 09, Jim Swike rated it liked it. My library Help Advanced Book Search. China never had trademarks. The final chapter discusses the end of the Mao Tsu-tung era and the star This is a considerable lump of volumes, somewhat dense and drier than a tin of birds custard.

He also dismissed Confucius, although he seems to think that the later Confucian tradition to which he gives scant credit to the original teachings of Confucius was pretty good.

The beginnings of modern China and the crisis of the end of the Ming dynasty; On the negative side, of course, you are getting a slanted presentation of history. May 28, S. Sep 05, Mkp rated it really liked it Shelves: Doubleod rated it really liked it Nov 17, Lists with This Book.


Common terms and phrases administration agricultural armies Buddhist Canton capital central Asia century B. The new world; Cambridge University PressMay 31, – History – pages. He is very much an appreciator of Chinese culture, but he has his own perspective which colors the disquisition.

Causes and consequences of the expansion; 7. While I found it to be harder to read than Professor Hucker’s book I found it to chinrse significantly additional information on China, and the extensive bibliography will be very useful for my continuing studies on the Bronze Age civilizations of China and Central Asia I am glad I persevered to the end, and I do recommend it to other readers.

Indeed I didn’t get past the first one or two chapters. It arrives much earlier than expectation. But and notwithstanding my personal civilizwtion it was certainly it worth the effort. Political, social, and economic changes; This is an excellent reference book providing in-depth analysis and linkage between Chinese history and culture.

Uptownbookwormnyc yes, tho they use the Ch’in translation.

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Intellectual currents in the nineteenth century; Part X. One person found this helpful. Spence is more concerned with the last years, and Fairbank is too closely tied to the US foreign policy establishment for my tastes.

Similarly the chineese of parliamentary institutions modelled on those of the Western nations was to turn out later to be a nonsense, not because China was not ‘ripe’ for liberal democracy, but because such borrowed institutions were profoundly alien to Chinese traditions.

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A History of Chinese Civilization

Author uses wade-Giles get out your gdrnet It is best to understand the basic structure of ancient china prior to reading, not the layman structure of what is meant by “Chinese” It gets easier to read as you move along, especially keeping in mind the above.


I’m not sure I understand the earliest period of Chinese history except that it has the familiar blend of legend and material evidence civilziation one finds in the Graeco-Roman period before, say, BCE. The translation is smooth and stylish.

This is particularly true in the ancient period, which is the period I’m teaching on along with the mediaeval. Includes some details on intellectual history besides the political and economic trends. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 cjvilization 1.

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Es una historia fascinante. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. How did people get involved in them? Despite very different religions, religious beliefs worked against truth and knowledge seekers as it did in the West.

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hiztory In he founded the Unit of teaching and research of languages and civilizations of East Asia University of Paris-VIIand was its director until 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. It gave me a greater appreciation for the Industrial Revolution in the Western World.

The heritage of antiquity; Part II. The civilization of the Chinese ‘renaissance’; Part VI. In addition, the bibliography could be further enlarged by including lists of contemporary Chinese and even Japanese works.

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