- Paperback: 322 pages
- Publisher: BiblioLife (16 May 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1110297882
- ISBN-13: 978-1110297887
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
The land and the people of China. A short account of the geography, history, religion, social life Paperback – 16 May 2009
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He took photos of all aspects of Chinese life, and his views of ordinary people demonstrate that his sympathies appeared to lie with the deprived and humble. Thomson produced four books – 'The Land and the people of China' (1876) and 'Through China with a camera' (1898) are the best known and available as modern reprints. His others, 'Illustrations of China and its people' (1873) and 'The North River' (1873), are very rare.
The 'Land and the people of China' was written not long after the massive disruption caused by the 1860 Taiping Rebellion, and reflects a certain amount of pessimism about the country's difficult situation. It is, to some extent, written in the style of a traditional geography textbook, with sections on physical features, history, population, cities, social conditions, art, religion, architecture, government, language, etc. Unlike his other books, however, this volume has very few photos – 'Through China with a camera' has more.
All in all, the book is a good snapshot (if you'll excuse the pun !) of late Qing China.
Take care when buying modern reprints of this kind - make sure you get one that is a proper full facsimile, not just an OCR copy. The Bibliolife one is fine.