The author's method is essentially interpretive, emphasizing styles of swap and improvement instead of genuine information, yet he by no means loses sight of the particularities that made conventional chinese language civilization one of many richest in human historical past. specifically remarkable are the various translations of chinese language poetry, between them greater than twenty beautiful poems from the nice poets of the T'ang.
The writer divides chinese language heritage into 3 significant epochs: a formative age, from excessive antiquity to the unification of China less than the Ch'in within the 3rd century B.C.; an early imperial age, from the Han dynasty (202 B.C.-A.D. 220) during the T'ang (618-907) and its breakdown; and a later imperial age, from the Sung dynasty (960-1279) to the mid-nineteenth century. every one significant epoch is taken into account in topical chapters—on basic historical past, political associations, socioeconomic association, faith and concept, and literature and the humanities. a short Epilogue reviews on elements of chinese language background considering that 1850.
The booklet contains forty seven plates, 8 maps, and diverse charts, and as appendixes and surprisingly exact chronological desk, notes at the Chines language, and proposals for supplementary reading.
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