Book — xviii, 278 p.,  p. of plates : ill., map, plan ; 24 cm.
* Beginnings: The Geographical Setting * The Age of Myth: Legend and Archaeology * The Age of Magic: The Shang Dynasty * The Age of Reason: The Chou Dynasty * Intellectual Revolution: A Hundred Schools of Thought * The Unified Empire * The Empire Consolidated: The Han Dynasty * The Coming of Buddhism * Reunification: The Sui and Tang Dynasties * A Chinese Renaissance: The Sung Dynasty * The Mongol Empire * Chinese Restoration: The Ming Dynasty * The Last of the Imperial Order: The Manchu or Ching Dynasty * From Empire to Nation-State: The Great Rebellion, Reform, and Revolution * The Nationalists * Communism Under Mao * The Post-Mao Experiment * Conclusion.
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Past studies of China have concentrated on specific events or have related a chronological history of the dynastic periods. Although they have included aspects of cultural history, these works have underemphasized the countrys great social, political, and intellectual movements and their ultimate expression in the art and literature of the time. By focusing on these themes, Professor Michael provides a new framework for understanding the Chinese cultural tradition. The author describes the evolving history of ideas in China, from ancient faith in powerful magic to more modern concepts of a logical moral order of the universe and mankinds place in it. He also explores the intellectual ferment following the dawn of the age of reason, the integration of Buddhism into the Confucian social order, and the social transformations accompanying the rise and fall of the centralized state. Throughout, he illustrates how the changing societys beliefs, values, and aesthetic sense were embodied in its art and literature. This portrayal of the Chinese cultural tradition not only puts Chinese history in a new perspective, it illuminates the process through which China constructed a modern society from a non-Western foundation and serves as an essential tool for understanding modern-day China and its prospects for the future. (source: Nielsen Book Data)