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. Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more. 2, Fall Patricia Buckley Ebrey. The Cambridge Illustrated History of China. Cam bridge, New York, and Melbourne: Cambridge University Press,

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Account Options Sign in. It is a tad bit dry, but that is to be expected with most textbooks. She follows its development from the rise of Confucianism, Buddhism, and the great imperial dynasties to the Mongol, Manchu, and Western intrusions and the modern communist state. Super basic grounding in Chinese history: A solid overview of Chinese history.

The Cambridge Illustrated History of China by Patricia Buckley Ebrey

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 people at various times.

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A well written, comprehensive view of China’s history up to Ebery’s The Inner Quarters: A good book if you like China. Cambridge University PressMay 13, – History – pages. Hidtory Preview See a Problem?


I’ve enjoyed quite a few of the Cambridge Illustrated books in the series, and I appreciate the many, many illustrations: Jul 17, Jim Peterson rated it liked it Shelves: It was fascinating to piece together Chinese dynasties against the time frame of history in the west and see the ebb and flow of this populous region of the world and how it came to be.

So why did I only give it three stars? Sep 01, Stezsen rated it liked it. 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 mentioned.

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Cambridge University Press Amazon. I ordered myself the one on Ancient Greece and the first one on the Middle Ages.

You need to be reeeeallllly interested in Chinese history to like this book. You finish the book less clear about Chinese history than when you started.

The Cambridge Illustrated History of China

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.

Bought it for my Chinese wife and we read it together aloud. There are a good number of illustrations, clear maps, and brief tables.

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The author was clearly convinced that her background as a western modern trained historian living in the current age has had an enourmous role in shaping her analysis. It’s not that cheap nor expensive and you get exactly what you paid for.


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 histroy, arts, politics and key Oct 20, Ling rated it really liked it. I solved this problem a little by printing out a map and the timeline used on the wikipedia article on Chinese dynasties and used these two pieces of paper as bookmarks.

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. A concise introduction to Chinese history from the very beginning to the late 20th Century illustratfd, replete with colorful photos. Jan 02, Tim rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Patricia Buckley Ebrey is Professor of History at the University of Washington and the author of multiple books and articles.

Apr 28, Jen rated it it was ok Shelves: