China: A Cultural, Social, and Political History, 1st Edition

  • Patricia Buckley Ebrey University of Washington, Seattle
  • ISBN-10: 0618133879  |  ISBN-13: 9780618133871
  • 352 Pages
  • © 2006 | Published
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Designed for the East Asian history course, this text features the scholarship on the region and offers a range of cultural, political, economic and intellectual history. It also focuses on gender and material culture. It features color inserts that illustrate the rich artistic heritage of East Asia.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Bronze Age: Shang and Western Zhou (ca. 1500-771 B.C.E.).
1: The Geography of the Chinese Subcontinent.
2: The Shang Dynasty (ca. 1500-1045 B.C.E.).
3: Developments Outside the Shang Core.
4: The Western Zhou Dynasty (1045-771 B.C.E.).
Part 2: Philosophers and Warring States During the Eastern Zhou (770-256 B.C.E.).
5: The Multistate System of the Eastern Zhou.
6: Warfare and Its Consequences.
7: The Hundred Schools of Thought.
8: Warring States Literature and Art: The Case of Chu.
Part 3: The Founding of the Bureaucratic Empire: Qin and Han (256 B.C.E.-200 B.C.E.).
9: The Qin Unification (256-206 B.C.E.).
10: The Han Dynasty (206 B.C.E.-220 C.E.).
11: Intellectual, Literary, and Religious Currents.
12: Chinese Society in Han Times.
13: Central Asia and the Silk Road.
14: Borderlands.
15: Maintaining the Empire.
Part 4: Political Division (200-580).
16: The Three Kingdoms (220-265) and the Western Jin Dynasty (265-316).
17: Non-Chinese Dominance in the North.
18: The Southern Dynasties and Aristocratic Culture.
19: The Buddhist Conquest of China.
20: Daoist Religion.
Part 5: The Cosmopolitan Empires of Sui and Tang (581-960).
21: The Northwest Military Aristocracy and the Sui Reunification of China.
22: The Founding of the Tang Dynasty (618-907).
23: The Tang at Its Height.
24: The Rebellion of An Lushan and Its Aftermath.
25: The Achievements of Tang Men of Letters.
26: The Dunhuang Documents.
27: The Tang Dynasty’s Final Decades and the Five Dynasties.
Part 6: China Among Equals: Song, Liao, Xia, and Jin (907-1276).
28: The Founding of the Song Dynasty.
29: Song’s Rivals: Liao and Xia.
30: A New Era.
31: The Fall of the Northern Song and the Jin Dynasty.
32: Hangzhou and the Southern Song.
33: Song Culture and Society.
Part 7: Mongol Rule: Yuan (1215-1368).
34: The Mongol Conquest of the Jin and Xia Dynasties.
35: The Mongol Conquest of the Southern Song.
36: Life in China Under the Mongols.
Part 8: The Ming Dynasty (1368-1600).
37: The Founding of the Ming Dynasty.
38: Diplomacy and Defense.
39: Social and Cultural Trends.
Part 9: Manchus and the Qing (1600-1800).
40: The Ming Dynasty Lapses into Disorder.
41: The Manchus.
42: Ming Loyalism.
43: The Qing at Its Height.
44: Contacts with Europe.
45: Social and Cultural Cross Currents.
Part 10: Disorder and Decline (1800-1900).
46: Economic and Fiscal Problems.
47: Midcentury Crises.
48: Self-Strengthening.
49: Foreigners in China.
50: The Failures of Reform.
51: The Boxer Rebellion.
52: The Decline of the Qing Empire in Comparative Perspective.
Part 11: Remaking China (1900-1927).
53: The End of Monarchy.
54: The Presidency of Yuan Shikai and the Emergence of the Warlords.
55: Toward a More Modern China.
56: Reunification by the Nationalists.
Part 12: War and Revolution (1927-1949).
57: The Chinese Communist Party.
58: The Nationalist Government in Nanjing.
59: The Japanese Invasion and the Retreat to Chongqing.
60: The Chinese Communist Party During the War.
61: The Civil War and the Communist Victory.
Part 13: The People’s Republic Under Mao (1949-1976).
62: The Party in Power.
63: Departing from the Soviet Model.
64: The Cultural Revolution.
65: The Death of Mao.
Part 14: New Directions (1976 to the Present).
66: The Communist Party After Mao.
67: Restructuring the Economy.
68: Social and Cultural Changes.
69: Critical Voices.
70: Taiwan.
71: China in the World.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Patricia Buckley Ebrey

Patricia B. Ebrey is Professor with Joint Appointment: Early Imperial China, Song Dynasty at the University of Washington in Seattle. In addition to THE CAMBRIDGE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF CHINA (Cambridge University Press, 1996), she has published numerous journal articles. Her monographs include THE INNER QUARTERS: MARRIAGE AND THE LIVES OF CHINESE WOMEN IN THE SUNG PERIOD (University of California Press, 1993) and CONFUCIANISM AND FAMILY RITUALS IN IMPERIAL CHINA: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF WRITING ABOUT RITES (Princeton University Press, 1991). She is also author of CHINA: A CULTURAL, SOCIAL, AND POLITICAL HISTORY (Houghton Mifflin, 2006). She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1975.