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Foundations of World History: eBooks -- Ancient China
This pioneering book provides a comprehensive survey of ancient Chinese women's history, covering thousands of years from the Neolithic era to China's unification in 221 BCE. For each period--Neolithic, Shang, Western Zhou, and Eastern Zhou--Bret Hinsch explores central aspects of female life: marriage, family life, politics, ritual, and religious roles. Deeply researched, the book draws on a wide range of Chinese scholarship and primary sources, including transmitted texts, inscriptions, and archaeological evidence. The result is a comprehensive view of women's history from the beginnings of Chinese civilization up to the beginnings of the imperial era. Clear and readable, the book will be invaluable for both students and specialists in gender studies.
In Excavating the Afterlife, Guolong Lai explores the dialectical relationship between sociopolitical change and mortuary religion from an archaeological perspective. By examining burial structure, grave goods, and religious documents unearthed from groups of well-preserved tombs in southern China, Lai shows that new attitudes toward the dead, resulting from the trauma of violent political struggle and warfare, permanently altered the early Chinese conceptions of this world and the afterlife. The book grounds the important changes in religious beliefs and ritual practices firmly in the sociopolitical transition from the Warring States (ca. 453-221 BCE) to the early empires (3rd century-1st century BCE). A methodologically sophisticated synthesis of archaeological, art historical, and textual sources, Excavating the Afterlife will be of interest to art historians, archaeologists, and textual scholars of China, as well as to students of comparative religions. Art History Publication Initiative. For more information, visit http://arthistorypi.org/books/excavating-the-afterlife
The Chinese empire spanned more than two thousand years, providing the world with many important inventions and influential philosophies. Through thoughtful narrative supported by fully documented quotes, this title begins with A Brief History of Ancient China and then examines these questions: How Important Was the Great Wall in the Development of Ancient Chinese Civilization? What Effect Did Confucianism Have on the Chinese Moral and Political Outlook? How Did the Chinese Invention of Gunpowder Affect Warfare in the World? How Did the Silk Road Link China with the Rest of the World?
This fascinating book explores the culture and achievements of ancient China through the examination of artifacts that have survived through the centuries. Each primary-source artifact offers the reader significant clues to the civilization's technologies, cultural traditions, foods, and conflicts.
Covering ancient Asia from the Jomon culture in Japan in approximately 11,000 BCE through to the Cambodian empires that lasted until the 15th century, this encyclopedia covers civilizations that have thus far been treated only marginally in English literature.
In ancient Chinese civilization, emperors were revered as the direct descendants of the gods, who ruled all of nature and the heavens. Animal bones were consulted as oracles to answer the great questions of life and death, and ancestral spirits were thought to roam the earth, negotiating with the gods on behalf of the living. From the legends of the Eight Immortals to the teachings of Confucius, ""Chinese Mythology A to Z, Second Edition"" provides a refreshing, insightful look at the stories and myths that open a window onto this civilization. Coverage of this title includes: Buddhist deities and legendary characters; animal stories, such as the fox legends; important locations, such as shrines and sacred places; allegorical figures, such as the Jade Emperor, the Rain Master, and the Lord of the Granary; and, more.
Ideal for students taking honors- and AP-level world history courses, this eBook allows readers to follow the evolution of burial practices in world history from prehistory to the fall of Rome, including Western and non-Western cultures and civilizations. The volume begins with an introduction that outlines the major developments in chronological sequence, followed by chapters on Africa, Egypt, the Near East, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Greece, Rome, and the Americas.
Herbert Giles was one of the greatest scholars of Chinese culture and his overview of the origins of the religions and philosophical trends that have dominated China over the millennia is a ground-breaking piece of scholarship.
This authoritative volume examines the two main faiths, Confucianism and Daoism, that developed before China had meaningful contact with the rest of the world. Aspects of Buddhism later joined features of these faiths to form elements of Chinese ideology
Since the concept of the Silk Road as an avenue of inter-civilizational exchange emerged more than 130 years ago, scholars from both Eastern and Western societies have conducted persistent research to advance the field.
Many millennia ago, Ancient China was a leader of technological development. It is responsible for producing some of the world's first paper, as well as the art of calligraphy. That is not all, however. This book delves into the history of Ancient China and describes other great innovations for which the culture is known.