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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A History of Chinese Civilization. This lack of objectivity has its advantages and disadvantages. Ole Bruun Snippet view – From the Middle Ages to Modern Times: The sinicized empires; 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.

Jan 29, Lesley rated it it was ok. Oct 28, Uptownbookwormnyc rated it it was ok. I find it more imposing to read about my ancestors’ past and challenging as compared to same xivilization of years learning and practicing English. While I found it to be harder to read than Professor Hucker’s book I found it to have significantly additional information on China, and the extensive bibliography will be very useful for my continuing studies on the Bronze Age civilizations of China and Central Asia I am glad I persevered to the end, and I do recommend it to other readers.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The translation is ckvilization and stylish.


The final chapter discusses the end of the Mao Tsu-tung era and the star This is a considerable lump of volumes, somewhat dense and drier than a tin of birds custard.

Description When published inthis translation of Professor Jacques Gernet’s masterly survey of the history and culture chinse China was immediately welcomed by critics and readers.

A History of Chinese Civilization

The usual story of continual movements of peoples and leaders, power shifts with frequent incursions by There was a problem filtering reviews right now. The book is not only useful for readers who are unfamiliar with the Chinese language. Some other random things that caught my mind: The age of the principalities; 3. It is however interesting ciilization for all that.

The archaic monarchy; 2. Professor Gernet certainly provides a very detailed review of Chinese civilization from earliest times to the present day, with a helpful introductory chapter, many useful maps and summary tables, a long Chronological table, many interesting plates and photographs, and an extensive bibliography and civilizaiton, all of which I found to be essential for obtaining an understanding of what I was reading.

Yet within the synthesis of the trends – social, political, religious, scientific, artistic – that make up China’s past and present, the author never loses sight of the telling detail that brings history to life. Uptownbookwormnyc yes, civilizatiob they use the Ch’in translation.

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It is fascinating to try and understand. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? The outrage is understandible, but Gernet loses his edge of detachment around here.


I had Chinese history course when I was a child vernet China and Hong Kong for each year from 5th to 12th grade, which means study the Chinese history in greater detail each year. Despite very different religions, religious beliefs worked against truth and knowledge seekers as it did in the West.

The last few chapters on the 19th and 20th centuries are less well-written. I am still working on my library collection. It is mindboggling how China fell from such a power to a third world country at the mercy of multiple foreign powers.

Gernet’s coverage is very interesting and encompasses the full range of Chinese history. This is a considerable lump of volumes, somewhat dense and drier than a tin of birds custard.

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Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. But the level of detail certainly picks up from the time of the formation of the first centralized state in BC. Philosophical and literary developments; Part XI. Feb 09, Jim Swike rated it liked it. The beginnings of modern China and the crisis of the end of the Ming dynasty; No eBook available Amazon. Jacques Gernet is the author of “China and the Christian Impact: Share your histoyr with other customers. Feb 11, James rated it it was ok Shelves: