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Cambridge History of Ancient China: From the Origins of Civilization to 221 BC (Matthew Loewe Edward L Shaughnessy) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1999) 9780521470308
Cambridge History of Ancient China: From the Origins of Civilization to 221 BC (Matthew Loewe Edward L Shaughnessy) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1999) 9780521470308
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Title: The Cambridge History of Ancient China: From the Origins of Civilization to 221 BC

Author: Loewe, Matthew Edward L Shaughnessy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1999

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521470308

Volumes: 1; Pages: 1180

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The Cambridge History of Ancient China provides a survey of the cultural, intellectual, political, and institutional developments of the pre-imperial period. The four subperiods of Shang, Western Zhou, Spring and Autumn and Warring States, are described on the basis of literary and material sources and the evidence of recently found manuscripts. Chapters on the prehistoric background, the growth of language, and relations with the peoples of Central Asia provide the major context of China's achievements in the 1,500 years under review. The teachings of China's early masters are set alongside what is known of the methods of astonomers, physicians and diviners. A final chapter leads the reader forward to imperial times, as described in the volumes of The Cambridge History of China.ContentsIntroductionCalendar and chronologyGeography and climate1. China on the eve of the historical period2. Language and writing3. Shang archaeology4. The Shang: China's first historical dynasty5. Western Zhou history6. Western Zhou archaeology7. The waning of the Bronze Age: material culture and social developments, 770-481 B.C.8. The Spring and Autumn period9. Warring States: the political history10. The art and architecture of the Warring States period11. The classical philosophical writings12. Warring states: natural philosophy and occult thought13. The Northern Frontier in pre-Imperial China14. The heritage left to the Empires.Reviews"This volume presents informative summaries of major periods and topics with meticulous attention to the evidence. The discussions of sources, sites, and artifacts will be invaluable to present and future students, who will also be grateful for the illustrations and Chinese characters included in the text."--Choice"It is indeed a daunting task to review this hefty volume consisting of fourteen chapters by specialists in their respective fields and no summary can do justice to its contents. Read it."--Susan Bush, Early Medieval China"... everyone who studies early China will want access to this book."--Religious Studies Review"... is a necessary reference work for students of Chinese history, if they read only those well-researched and carefully written chapters."--Historian"... almost everyone interested in ancient China will find something to reward them within its cover."--American Historical Review"... a necessary reference work for students of chinese history."--The Historian"This is an informative book full of important insights... The successful combination in this volume of these two approaches deserves to be emulated in studies on later periods. This volume is truly an impressive monument--a monument consisting almost exclusively of texts."--China Review InternationalContributorsMichael Loewe, Edward L. Shaughnessy, David N. Keightley, Kwang-chih Chang, William G. Boltz, Robert Bagley, Jessica Rawson, Lothar von Falkenhausen, Cho-yun Hsu, Mark Edward Lewis, Wu Hung, David Sheperd Nivison, Donald Harper, Nicola di Cosmo
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