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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I shoved my nose in this book almost ever day for two semesters, but I don’t think I retained a single word of it. Causes and consequences of the expansion; 7.

What about Chinese culture predicated their popularity for thousands of years? It is fascinating to try and understand.

Spence is more concerned with the last years, and Fairbank is too closely tied to the US foreign policy establishment for my tastes. Perhaps not surprisingly, he is highly dismissive of Taoist and Buddhist culture and feels that they diminished Chinese society.

Jacques Gernet

Trivia About A History of Chin A History of Chinese Civilization is illustrated by a wide range of photographs, many maps, line drawings and tables. The Reign of the Autocrats and Eunuchs: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. In general he champions the Legalist tradition and its contributions to the later Confucian current.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. As for the English translation, to render all the original pinyin spellings into Wade-Giles is baffling. What did they believe was different about eunuchs that made them fit to govern? However, it begins to fail when he covers modern China, javques the text loses its objectivity and he largely glosses over the failures of the Maoist era he even called the Great Leap Forward, the resulting famine of which caused the loss of about 60 million lives, ‘an extraordinarily bold experiment’.


Looking for beautiful books? This was hard for me to get my jaxques around. A readable and detailed survey of Chinese history that is notable for not prejudicing modern history over earlier periods. I am still working on my library collection.

The formation of the centralized state; 4. Written with an elegant and flowing narrative, the essential virtue of Jacques Gernet’s book is to see the history of Chinese civilization as a whole.

It would also be helpful to provide a Chinese character glossary for proper nouns that, although not of Chinese origin, appear extensively in Chinese texts.

A History of Chinese Civilization – Jacques Gernet – Google Books

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Page 1 of 1 Jacqes over Page 1 of 1. Treat it like a detailed encyclopaedia; if you want an informative but smooth read, try Jonathan Spence ‘s books. However, the appendices, which are an improvement from earlier editions, still leave room for improvement.

Published July 30th by Cambridge University Press first published His collectivist, Marxist prejudices also render his explanation for China’s economic cyinese technological stagnation in the late 19th Century completely unconvincing.

I walk away feeling like I understand China so much better. The book uses the Wade-Giles system of transliteration into Roman characters. Although the second edition was published inhe was still in the thrall of Maoist economic development. I study English language in the same school system from 5th to 12 grade also. While both books are strong on the subjects of literature, philosophy and art, I found that Professor Gernet was the better on the subjects of social and economic development and that Professor Hucker was much easier to follow on the essential threads of political history, even though Professor Gernet provides rather more detail.


Thus, its a good scholastic work – but not for the uninitiated or faint of heart. The rise of the gentry and the crisis in political institutions; 8. I’m sure the last sentence seems a criticism, when, in fact, I intend pf as, well, a statement of fact.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In he founded the Unit of teaching and research of languages and civilizations of East Asia University of Paris-VIIand was its director until How can i read this book? 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.

But little was explained about them. The transition to the Mandarin empire; From the Middle Ages to Modern Times: On many occasions I became confused as civolization what was the cause and what was the effect! For instance, not all proper names used in the text are listed in the Chinese character glossary.

Some other random things that caught my mind:

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