China: A History, Volume 2: From the Great Qing Empire by Harold M. Tanner PDF

By Harold M. Tanner

ISBN-10: 1603843027

ISBN-13: 9781603843027

Now on hand in volumes, this obtainable, but rigorous, creation to the political, social, and cultural background of China presents a balanced and considerate account of the advance of chinese language civilization from its beginnings to the current day. quantity covers from the nice Qing Empire throughout the People's Republic of China (1644-2009).

The ebook presents a entire view of chinese language tradition, together with advancements in literature and the humanities. A beneficiant number of illustrations allows comprehension of and delight within the visible arts.

Each quantity comprises plentiful illustrations, a whole supplement of maps, a chronological desk, broad notes, options for additional analyzing and an index.

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If the rulers should depart from From Neolithic Cultures to a Centralized Imperial State 5000 BCE–220 CE 19 the way of virtue, Heaven might show its displeasure through natural disasters, or even bestow its mandate upon a rival. The Western Zhou (1046–771 BCE) with its capital near Xi’an was a patchwork of over seventy feudal states whose hereditary lords were theoretically (and sometimes actually) both related to and subordinate to the Zhou kings. Although little is known directly about the Western Zhou, idealized accounts of its feudal system, its egalitarian land tenure system, its family and political rituals, and its poetry and music remained touchstones of Chinese culture to which intellectuals would refer back (often very selectively) for the next two thousand years.

The Western Zhou (1046–771 BCE) with its capital near Xi’an was a patchwork of over seventy feudal states whose hereditary lords were theoretically (and sometimes actually) both related to and subordinate to the Zhou kings. Although little is known directly about the Western Zhou, idealized accounts of its feudal system, its egalitarian land tenure system, its family and political rituals, and its poetry and music remained touchstones of Chinese culture to which intellectuals would refer back (often very selectively) for the next two thousand years.

Knowledge of China’s culture, philosophy, and politics and Chinese technology such as standardized machine parts, porcelain, and suspension bridges were brought to Europe. Catholic priests working in the Ming brought Western astronomy and mathematics (which supplemented, but did not by any means replace, Chinese knowledge of those fields), as well as guns and cannon. For all its successes, the Ming did have a number of problems. Like any premodern agricultural economy, the Ming was highly vulnerable to natural disaster—such as a series of uncommonly frequent floods and droughts in the first decades of the 1600s.

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