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The Great Wall of China: From History to Myth (Canto Book)

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The Great Wall of China is renowned as one of the most impressive and intriguing man-made structures on earth. It is also the subject of an awesome mythology, embedded in both learned and popular imaginations, which has grown up and now obscured the historical record. Even the maps which chart the Wall's position offer erroneous accounts of a phenomenon which has never been accurately surveyed. Arthur Waldron reveals that the notion of an ancient and continuously existing Great Wall, one of modern China's national symbols and a legend in the eyes of the West, is in fact a myth. His fascinating account reveals the strategic and political context for the decision to build walls as fortified defences, and explores its profound implications for nomadic and agricultural life under the Ming dynasty. Taking up the insights offered into more recent Chinese politics, the book concludes with a searching investigation of the Wall's new meanings in the myths - departing from that history - fostered in our own century.

Synopsis:

Arthur Waldron reveals that the notion of an ancient and continuously existing Great Wall, is in fact a myth.

Synopsis:

The notion of an ancient and continuously existing Great Wall is proven a myth in this fascinating account of the strategic and political context behind the Chinese decision to build walls as fortified defences during the Ming Dynasty.

Synopsis:

Arthur Waldron reveals that the notion of an ancient and continuously existing Great Wall, is in fact a myth.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; Note on romanization; 1. Introduction: what is the Great Wall of China?; Part I. First Considerations: 2. Early Chinese walls; 3. Strategic origins of Chinese walls; Part II. The Making of the Great Wall: 4. Geography and strategy: the importance of the Ordos; 5. Security without walls: early Ming strategy and its collapse; 6. Toward a new strategy: the Ordos crisis and the first walls; 7. Politics and military policy at the turn of the sixteenth century; 8. The second debate over the Ordos; 9. The heyday of wall-building; Part III. The Significance of Wall-Building: 10. The Great Wall and foreign policy: the problem of compromise; 11. The Wall acquires new meanings; Notes; Bibliography; Chinese and Japanese materials; Western materials; Glossary; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521427074
Author:
Waldron, Arthur
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge England
Subject:
World
Subject:
China
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Far East
Subject:
Great wall of china (china)
Subject:
Great Wall of China
Subject:
Fortifications
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Grande Muraille
Subject:
World History - China
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Canto ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Canto original series
Series Volume:
53
Publication Date:
20021031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
19 b/w illus. 8 maps
Pages:
316
Dimensions:
8.64x5.46x.84 in. .92 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Arthur Waldron reveals that the notion of an ancient and continuously existing Great Wall, is in fact a myth.
"Synopsis" by , The notion of an ancient and continuously existing Great Wall is proven a myth in this fascinating account of the strategic and political context behind the Chinese decision to build walls as fortified defences during the Ming Dynasty.
"Synopsis" by , Arthur Waldron reveals that the notion of an ancient and continuously existing Great Wall, is in fact a myth.
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