Journals Higher Education



Published: 26 May 2005

256 Pages | 311 color & 4 b/w illus.

7 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195182873

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Empire and Civilization

Edited by Edward L. Shaughnessy

Drawing on the most recent scholarship, the book presents China's history, society, and beliefs from the legends of prehistory to the end of imperial power in 1912. It investigates the key cultural, spiritual, and artistic traditions of this vast civilization and describes the country's major scientific and technological innovations, such as gunpowder, printing, and the compass. A final section discusses the continuing legacy of the imperial period through the turbulent years of the twentieth century up to the present day. A wealth of color photographs and imaginative artwork, together with a lively and authoritative text, vividly evoke Chinese civilization, from the Imperial court to the most rural villages.


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