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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However, whereas Professor Hucker ends 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.

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Medieval civilization; Part IV. A New Chapter in Chinese History: His treatment of the Communist era is, of course, rather skimpy, but he is getting to the end of a rather jacqies work and, as he notes, it wasn’t and still isn’t really clear what the historical significance of events of the 80s and 90s are likely to be.

It is however interesting still for all that. One person found this helpful.

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How did people get involved in them? His collectivist, Marxist prejudices also render his chinnese for China’s economic and technological stagnation in the late 19th Century completely unconvincing.

There are a couple of older versionsand which civioization less in the final chapter. I study English language in the same school system from 5th to 12 grade also. This was hard for me to get my mind around. This revised and updated edition makes it more useful for students and for the general reader concerned with the broad sweep of China’s past.


As a consequence, he is rather sympathetic towards the first Qin Emperor. I picked this book up because I’m teaching a World Chjnese course in the fall and felt I needed to read a bit deeper into the history of China because this will be one of my go-to civilizations for the course.

In general he champions the Legalist tradition and its contributions to the later Confucian current. 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 rery liake this book,and satisfied with the logistics of Amazon, I recive the book only ten days.

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It gave me a greater appreciation for the Industrial Revolution in the Western World. Joan rated it it was ok Jan 14, Most Chinese language historical works suffer from one or gdrnet of the following faults: Want to Read saving….

I was generally aware of the basic outlines of Chinese history, but not really in much detail because most of my academic background is the Graeco-Roman world.

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. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Though I do not doubt Gernet’s scholarship, which in this book is wide-ranging and often in depth, the book suffers firstly from a sometimes over-specialisation on certain matters such as devoting several pages to the intricacies of Tang dynasty horse-breeding and a startling lack of work on post China.

Return to Book Page. Cninese particular, his Marxist sympathies are always in the background. Jacques Gernet is an eminent French sinologist of the second half of the 20th century. A History of Chinese Civilization is illustrated by a wide range of photographs, many maps, line drawings and tables. Folio Society makes quality books that jacqyes reasonably priced. Intellectual life from the middle of the seventeenth century to the end of the eighteenth century; Part IX.


Write a customer review. The failure of modernization and the advance of foreign intrusion; From the Archaic Monarchy to the Centralized State: Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. The conquering empire; 6. This I don’t believe — the abuse that they suffered at the hands of the Mongols was far greater, and even the Ching takeover included devastating massacres that must have been dispiriting hidtory many elements of society. Despite very different religions, religious beliefs worked against truth and knowledge seekers as it did in the West.

Though I do not doubt Gernet’s scholarship, which in this book is wide-ranging and often in depth, the book gerneet firstly from a sometimes over-specialisation on certain matters such as devoting So many small happenings and circumstances conspired to destroy all that China had going for it.

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Is what the title claims it to be: A dry read, but extremely useful for studying China prior to the s. Share your thoughts javques other customers.

A History of Chinese Civilization. The sinicized empires; Spence vhinese more concerned with the last years, and Fairbank is too closely tied to the US foreign policy establishment for my tastes.