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Publisher Comments:

THIS EDITION HAS BEEN REPLACED BY A NEWER EDITION..

The late John King Fairbank was the West's doyen on China, and this book is the full and final expression of his lifelong engagement with this vast ancient civilization. This book remains a masterwork without parallel--a concise and authoritative account of China and its people over four millennia. The distinguished historian Merle Goldman has brought the book up to date with a chapter on events in the post-Mao period and a new preface and epilogue. She provides a detailed account of the wide array of changes--social, economic, cultural, and even political--that have taken place in China over the past two decades.

About the Author

John King Fairbank was Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and Director of the East Asian Research Center at Harvard University.Merle Goldman is Professor of History, Emerita, at Boston University and Associate of the John K. Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Enlarged Edition

Preface to the Original Edition

Introduction: Approaches to Understanding China's History

The Variety of Historical Perspectives

Geography: The Contrast of North and South

Humankind in Nature

The Village: Family and Lineage

Inner Asia and China: The Steppe and the Sown

PART ONE

Rise and Decline of the Imperial Autocracy

1. Origins: The Discoveries of Archaeology

Paleolithic China

Neolithic China

Excavation of Shang and Xia

The Rise of Central Authority

Western Zhou

Implications of the New Archaeological Record

2. The First Unification: Imperial Confucianism

The Utility of Dynasties

Princes and Philosophers

The Confucian Code

Daoism

Unification by Qin

Consolidation and Expansion under the Han

Imperial Confucianism

Correlative Cosmology

Emperor and Scholars

3. Reunification in the Buddhist Age

Disunion

The Buddhist Teaching

Sui-Tang Reunification

Buddhism and the State

Decline of the Tang Dynasty

Social Change: The Tang-Song Transition

4. China's Greatest

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674116733
Subtitle:
A New History, Enlarged Edition
Author:
Fairbank, John King
Author:
Goldman, Merle
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
History
Subject:
China
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
China History.
Subject:
General Reference
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Enl. ed.
Edition Description:
Enlarged Edition
Publication Date:
September 1998
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
60 halftones
Pages:
568
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.375 in 1.83 lb
Age Level:
Northern and Southern Song</b><br /><br /> Efflore

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