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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An excellent overview, which is the most that can be expected from a survey. Jan 24, Mary rated it it was amazing Shelves: I ordered myself the one on Ancient Greece and the first one on the Middle Ages.

The Age of Division. Given the enormity of the subject, this book glosses over a fair bit, but I think it is a good introduction to the history of China. Singapore in the Global System: You need to be reeeeallllly interested in Chinese history to fambridge this book.

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.

This is the general reference book to get that is as enjoyable to read as it is informative as well as academically rigorous in its methodology. Because of this, it may be somewhat daunting while executing its main purpose very well; a history book.

More populous than any other country on earth, China also occupies a unique place in our modern world for the continuity of its history and culture. It strikes the right balance, as far as I am concerned, between the cambrdge which it would be criminal to spurn when writing of a years old empirethe exotic which, to this ignorant reader, was a large part of its appeal and the analytic. The Cambridge Illustrated History of China. Want to Read saving….


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The Cambridge Illustrated History of China

It is a tad bit dry, but that is to be expected with most textbooks. Drama and the Performing Arts. Would be a great choice for the general reader wanting a one volume history of China.

She has interesting asides about art history, women’s history, intellectual history, and the like, which really liven up the readings.

In that sense, this book, very professionally published, with excellent and entertaining text and fabulous pictures, is a great place to start.

Open Preview See a Problem? So a good book, pleasant to read and quite informative even if a bit too cautious and textbook like at times. Mar 24, Ethan Pabst rated it really liked it.

Oct 09, Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: You finish the book illjstrated clear about Chinese history than when you started. This second edition includes a new chapter on China’s recent opening to the world and a fully revised guide to further reading. The Eastern Zhou Period. Used in my Chinese History classes. Oct 20, Ling rated it really liked it. Drama and the Performing Arts. 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 References to this book New Chinese Cinema: Jul 24, Bertrand rated it liked it Shelves: Jan 02, Tim rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Ebrey, while she does have her moments of bias, is a superb historian and is able to turn complex problems into something easy enough to digest for someone who hasn’t studied Chinese history before.


Don’t let the visuals fool you into thinking this is a glorified ebfey book. There are a good number of illustrations, clear maps, and brief tables.

The Cambridge Illustrated History of China by Patricia Buckley Ebrey

A good book if you like China. In jistory sumptuously illustrated single-volume history, now in its second edition, noted historian Patricia Buckley Ebrey traces the origins of Chinese culture from prehistoric times to the present.

Not sure you would want to read it if you did not have some overwhelming interest in China. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. or

Paperbackpages. Patricia Buckley Ebrey is an American historian specializing in cultural and gender issues during the Chinese Ebrfy Dynasty. Apr 25, Genevieve rated it really liked it Shelves: A concise introduction to Chinese history from the very beginning to the late 20th Centuryreplete with colorful photos.

This book does a good job detailing some of the very early events of China’s history. I refused to accept that idea. May 20, Jen Huang rated it liked it.

This book was written with this in mind and this only adds to the arguments that this is a perfect start for anyone who is illustrzted in China from any discipline for it lacks the “china will dominate us all” attitude so prevalent in most books and articles on China today.