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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One cannot find the whole history of China in one book except by Gernet. Combine it with use of Internet for further detail, one will find i it more than adequate to have the broad explanation and deep narrative of history of China. I grrnet Chinese history course when I was a child in China and Hong Kong for each year from 5th to 12th grade, which means study the Chinese history in greater detail each year.
But that is no comparison to what is in this one book. My own school education only enables me to appreciate this book, which reading often change my perception of the past and add new awareness. I study English language in the same school system from 5th to 12 grade also.
I find it more imposing to read about my ancestors’ past and challenging as compared to same number of years learning and practicing English. To be a scholar in Chinese culture and civilization requires much more than to be a linguist. The contents of the book is interesting and it is a good book for a beginner who doesn’t know much about Chinese civilization. The condition of the second-hand book is good. The shipping is fast.
It arrives much earlier than expectation. I’m a chinese reader, because the chinese censored print edition of this book isn’t perfect, so I come here. I rery liake this book,and satisfied with the logistics of Amazon, I recive the book only ten days.
Sorry, haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I am still working on my library collection. What I can say is that the books came quickly and in excellent condition.
Folio Society makes quality books that are reasonably priced. One person found this helpful. My main interest in history is to understand the development of civilization from earliest times, and since I had been concentrating mainly on the Middle East and Egypt, I realized I had to know more about the eastern civilizations of India and China. After rereading China’s Imperial Past by Charles O Hucker ISBN which was published inI searched for later books on the same subject, which would hopefully provide more details about the development of Chinese civilization.
I liked the reviews of this book, and so I purchased it. 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.
This page book is in 11 parts chronologically arranged by dynasty and comprises jzcques chapters in all. I found one of the most enjoyable features of the or to be Professor Gernet’s admiration for of the achievements of the people of China over the past years, and in particular, his description of the historry and improvements which have occurred to political administration, technological developments, and political and philosophical thought despite the many political upheavals and diverse origins of successive dynasties.
What I also found very appealing were his deep sympathies to their enormous sufferings particularly in the last years This book generally covers the same topics as Professor Hucker’s book does for the period up to and they are usually quite consistent in their descriptions of events.
While both books are strong on the subjects of literature, philosophy and cginese, I found that Professor Gernet was the better on the subjects of social and economic development and that Professor Hucker was much easier to follow on the essential threads of political history, even though Professor Gernet provides rather more detail.
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However, whereas Professor Hucker chineese his book inProfessor Gernet devotes the final chapters of his book pages to the consequences of the economic and social decline of China from onwards, which resulted in the massive rebellions of the periodthe takeover of China by the nations of the West and Japan, and the establishment of the People’s Republic of China While this was not a reason I purchased this book, I did find it particularly helpful in understanding the reason for the success of Chinese Communist Party in founding the People’s Republic of China.
The final chapter of the book which summarizes the main events of the period up to chinede, went a very long way in helping me understand the behaviour and logic of the leaders of the PRC, and the book as a whole clearly demonstrated to me that a good knowledge of the past history of a country is essential in understanding its attitude and behaviour in modern times.
Due to the sparseness of available records and publication of archaeological data the coverage of the very early period to the end of the Warring States period was disappointingly brief. But the level of detail certainly picks up from the time of the formation of the first centralized state in BC. The most interesting sections for me were those covering the events of the T’ang, the Sung, and the Manchu dynasties and I now have a much better understanding of the involvement of China’s rulers with Central and South East Asia, Korea and Japan.
I also got the distinct impression that some parts of the book had been rather hurriedly put together from a collection of notes which were not always consistent in the dates or particular order histoty significant events. On many occasions I became confused as to what was the cause and what was the effect! As a result, I found it necessary to make extensive notes on people, places, events, and philosophical thought historu order to fully understand what I was reading.
Consequently it took me all of 9 months to complete the reading of the book which was considerably longer than I had planned. But and notwithstanding my personal disappointments it was certainly it worth the effort. While I found it to be harder to read than Professor Hucker’s book I found it to have 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.
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This book gives better depth to Chinese history than Spence or Fairbank do. Spence is more concerned with the last years, and Fairbank is too closely tied to the US foreign policy establishment for my tastes. The fact that Gernet is on page of before he starts writing about the Manchus is a good thing. He covers art and economics, politics and religion, with a refreshing equanimity.
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It would be interesting to hear how well written it is in French, but the English is fine. While clearly Western, Gernet’s French persective is a welcome change of pace to these American’s eyes.
This book is an excellent resource for anyone, whether scholar or layman, who needs a quick reference guide to different periods in Chinese history. However, the appendices, which are an improvement from earlier editions, still leave room for improvement. For instance, not all proper names used in the text are listed in the Chinese character glossary.
It would also be helpful to provide a Chinese character glossary for proper nouns that, although not of Chinese origin, appear extensively in Chinese texts.
For example, it would have been interesting to know the Chinese equivalent of the ethnic group “Sogdian”, or the Chinese name of Matteo Ricci. In nistory, the bibliography could be further enlarged by including lists of contemporary Chinese and even Japanese works. The book is not only useful for readers civilizstion are unfamiliar with the Jacqufs language.
It is an xhinese supplementary resource as well for readers whose first language is Chinese. Most Chinese language historical works suffer from one or more of the following faults: Gernet’s work avoids these pitfalls. See all 11 reviews. What chineese items do customers buy after viewing this item? A History of Chinese Civilization Paperback.
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