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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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Explore the Home Gift Guide. I’m a chinese reader, because the chinese censored print edition of this book isn’t perfect, so I come here.

Business and bureaucracy in a Chinese city: For example, it would have been interesting to know the Chinese equivalent of the ethnic group “Sogdian”, or the Chinese name of Matteo Ricci. Reconstruction and expansion; A History of Chinese Civilization Paperback. From the opening-up to the world to the return to the sources of the classical tradition; Part V. Please try again later. Spence is more concerned with the last years, and Fairbank is too closely tied to the US foreign policy establishment for my tastes.

Professor Gernet certainly provides a very detailed review of Chinese civilization from earliest times to the present day, with a helpful introductory chapter, many useful maps and summary tables, a long Chronological table, many interesting plates and photographs, and an extensive bibliography and index, all of which I found to be essential for obtaining an understanding of what I was reading.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Jul 20, Phil rated it really liked it Shelves: Return to Book Page.

Perhaps not surprisingly, he is highly dismissive of Taoist and Buddhist culture and feels that they diminished Chinese society. Ming Taizu Hisrory Emperor is someone I would like to know more about.

May 29, Zhao Joseph added it. In he received his degree in Chinese from the National Sc Jacques Gernet is an eminent French sinologist of the second half of the 20th century. Cambridge University PressMay 31, – History – pages. How can i read ov book? When published inthis translation of Professor Jacques Gernet’s masterly survey of the history and culture of China was immediately welcomed by critics and readers.


This was hard for me to get my mind around.

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The enlightened despots; Ole Bruun Snippet view – The pf uses the Wade-Giles system of transliteration into Roman characters. Political, social, and economic changes; Also, his scornful dismissal of Chiang Kai-shek appears to be emotion-laden, just as is his celebration of the Maoist “peasant” army. The new world; Gernet’s coverage is hacques interesting and encompasses the full range of Chinese history.

This book is an excellent resource for anyone, whether scholar or layman, who needs a quick reference guide to different periods in Chinese history. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help historu find your new favourite book.

A History of Chinese Civilization by Jacques Gernet

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. This should be in the reference collection of every serious library.

Jan 29, Lesley rated it it was ok. Cambridge University Press Amazon. The beliefs limited change and pursuit of knowledge.

Oct 04, AskHistorians added it Shelves: Uptownbookwormnyc yes, tho they use the Ch’in translation. He also dismissed Confucius, although he seems to think that the later Confucian tradition to which Gernet’s coverage is very interesting and encompasses the full range of Chinese history.

As a result, I found it necessary to make extensive notes on people, places, events, and philosophical thought in order to fully understand what I was reading. It would be interesting to hear how well written it is in French, but the English is fine. Of course, with any scholarly survey, he simply doesn’t chiness 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. Hisgory formation of the centralized state; 4.


Only in seeing the effect its absence had on China do I understand the progress made clearer. In addition, the bibliography could be further enlarged by including lists of contemporary Chinese and even Japanese works.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? This most contemporary section is somewhat brief and I have been left with wanting to know much more about recent history — especially since the events within my lifetime progress of Hong Kong for example and those periods leading up to the end of the empire and into modern times, which are covered in reasonable detail as are all the historic epochs but for which I would like to know more.

A History of Chinese Civilization

Robert Fisher rated it it was amazing Jun 07, Combine it with use of Internet for further detail, one will find i it more than adequate to have the broad explanation geret deep narrative of history of China. The rise of the gentry and the crisis in political institutions; 8. This revised and updated edition makes it more useful for students and civilizatikn the general reader concerned with the broad sweep of China’s Description When published inthis translation of Professor Jacques Gernet’s masterly survey of the history and culture of China was immediately welcomed by critics and readers.