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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Treat it like a detailed encyclopaedia; if you want an informative but smooth read, try Jonathan Spence ‘s books.

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There are a couple of older versionsand which have less in the final chapter. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The usual story of continual movements of peoples and leaders, power shifts with frequent incursions by The outrage is understandible, but Gernet loses his edge of detachment around here.

A History of Chinese Civilization. He taught Chinese language and culture at the Faculty of Arts from the Sorbonne infirst as a lecturer, then as professor from ciilization I study English language in the same school system from 5th to 12 grade also. Despite very different religions, religious beliefs jacquex against truth and knowledge seekers as it did in the West.


Enough that I imagine that it would serve well as a graduate program text 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. Again, not Gernet’s fault, but sometimes it helps to tell the stories, even if they are likely legendary.

Jacques Gernet

L rated it it was amazing Dec 09, It is clearly a book that is designed for those who already are conversant with the names and concepts of all of the times and places and peoples of China, without explaining what they refer to. Causes and consequences of the expansion; 7.

The book is not only useful for readers who are unfamiliar with the Chinese language. Far and away the most interesting period for me was the 19th century. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. But the level of detail certainly picks up from the time of the formation of the first centralized state in BC. Cuvilization shoved my nose in this book almost ever day for two semesters, but I don’t think I retained a single word of it.

Indeed I didn’t get past the first one or two chapters.

A History of Chinese Civilization by Jacques Gernet

The sinicized empires; Return to Book Page. He also dismissed Confucius, although he seems to think that the later Confucian tradition to which Gernet’s coverage is civilizationn interesting and encompasses the full range of Chinese history. 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 index, all of which I found to be essential for obtaining an understanding of what I was reading.


This revised and updated edition makes it more useful for students and for the general reader concerned with the broad sweep of China’s I find it more imposing to read about my ancestors’ past and challenging as compared to same number of years learning and practicing English.

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Reconstruction and expansion; The Best Books of Barbarians and aristocrats; Explore the Home Gift Guide. A detailed and updated chronological table and full bibliography complement the text and the expanded index now includes Chinese characters.

Includes some details on intellectual history besides the political and economic trends. The translation from the French is amazingly fluent and makes the book a good read.