A Chinese History Reader by Xiaoyu Sun

By Xiaoyu Sun

This ebook presents a concise creation to the chinese language background, masking many years span extending from antiquity throughout the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty. historic sessions elaborated comprise the pre-Qin interval; the Qin and Han Dynasties; the Wei, Jin, and Southern and northern Dynasties; the Tang, track, and Yuan Dynasties; and the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Written by way of a bunch of historians from the celebrated chinese language Academy of Social Sciences, the publication has included a few of the newest examine findings within the box of chinese language ancient studies.

- All significant chinese language dynasties are lined in a concise demeanour. Encounters with the trendy period also are explored, along with beginning with the traditional Age in China.
- The authors offer most up-to-date study findings, giving perception to the fascinating chinese language history.
- This publication additionally gains many suitable photographs and illustrations to assist readers comprehend the themes better.

1. the traditional Age.
2. japanese Zhou Dynasty.
3. The Qin and Han Dynasties.
4. The Wei, Jin, and Southern and northern Dynasties.
5. The Tang, music, and Yuan Dynasties.
6. The Ming and Qing Dynasties.
7. The overdue Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China.

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They all followed the six categories of Chinese characters. The Chinese characters now in use evolved from Jiaguwen. The characters were discovered in Anyang, Henan Province, which was the capital city of the Shang Dynasty. Around 150,000 of shell and bone pieces were excavated. Of the more than 4,600 distinct characters in these pieces, over 1,000 have been identified. Besides Jiaguwen, there were also characters inscribed on bronzeware during the late Shang and early Zhou dynasties, which are known as Jinwen or Zhongdingwen.

With a height of 133 cm and a weight of more than 800 kg, Simuwu Ding was molded in the late Shang Dynasty with a majestic and monumental form. To mold such a huge piece of metalwork, the craftsmen had to cast every part of the Ding separately first and then join them together. The quantities of copper, tin, and zinc in the casting of the Simuwu Ding have been tested to be almost perfectly proportionate, showing the advanced technical standards of bronze casting industry during the Shang Dynasty.

Lao was a famous thinker in ancient China, and was the founder of the Taoist school. He observed things dialectically, holding that all things in the world and the human society were in a constant state of flux. All things were the unity of opposites, like existence and non-existence, nobility and humbleness, life and death, easy and difficult, high and low, hard and soft, which were all interdependent and could change to be their opposites. ” Politically, Laozi asserted the rule of wu wei (non-action), and so opposed draconian laws.

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