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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: The Free Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (10 Jun. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 002908752X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0029087527
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 3.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 767,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Patricia Buckley Ebrey is Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and the author of "Confucianism and Family Rituals in Imperial China" (1991).

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The book is very well balanced history of Chinese Civilisation, from an expert on the subject. It is a suplementary companion to her other important book, Cambridge Illustrated History of China.

The book was pre-used and the cover wears a more aged look than the usual pre-used books I buy. But it had no markings inside, or no dog eared pages.Needed it for study reference, at a cheap price, no can't complain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting & useful 9 April 2010
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This work is a great introduction to Chinese civilization and helps the reader to get into the Chinese mind and mentallity. Great if you want an overview but the timespan it covers is so huge that it can not deal with any one time in too much detail.
I found Chinese Sketches: Life in 19th Century China very useful for 19th century China as it is a first-hand account.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for papers 17 Jun. 2011
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I am not a huge fan of Chinese history, so I can't tell you if you will like this book from that perspective. However, I am a college student that had to write a ten page history paper on China. I bought this book because I needed primary sources that covered foreign relations in China during certain dynasties. I was very pleased to find many useful sources for my paper, and I can tell that there are many more useful sources for other categories of Chinese history.

So basically, if you frequently find yourself in situations that require you to quote and cite historical Chinese documents, this is probably a good book to add to your library. I know that I will keep this book for a long time, because I have another Chinese history class in the Fall :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good source material 7 July 2013
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Good source material for chinese studies. Ranging from earliest documents and oral tradition to contemporary texts. Documents are grouped by historical period and theme.
3.0 out of 5 stars Ehh 7 Nov. 2015
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Needed this book for a college history class. I am not the biggest fan of this book. The organization is okay and there are some extremely interesting sections but many sections seem dull.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 July 2015
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enjoyable and informative read
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