This compelling text explores the development of China through its art, religion, literature, and thought as well as through its economic, political, and social history. The author team combines strong research with extensive classroom teaching experience to offer a clear, consistent, and highly readable text that is accessible to students with no previous knowledge of the history of China.
Miranda Brown received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the Department of History, University of California, Berkeley. She is Associate Professor of Asian Languages & Cultures in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her research and publications span the fields of early Chinese cultural and social history and the history of medicine. Conrad Schirokauer currently serves as Senior Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University as well as Professor Emeritus at the City University of New York. In addition to A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHINESE AND JAPANESE CIVILIZATIONS (and its separate volumes on China and Japan), he has published articles on Song intellectual history and served as co-editor (with Robert Hymes) of ORDERING THE WORLD: APPROACHES TO STATE AND SOCIETY IN SUNG DYNASTY CHINA and as translator of CHINA'S EXAMINATION HELL, by Miyazaki Ichisada.
PART I: THE CLASSICAL CIVILIZATION OF CHINA. 1. China" in Antiquity. 2. Turbulent Times and Classical Thought. 3. The Early Imperial Period. PART II: CHINA IN A BUDDHIST AGE. 4. China during the Period of Disunity. 5. The Cosmopolitan Civilization of the Sui and Tang: 584-907. PART III: LATE IMPERIAL/EARLY MODERN. 6. China during the Song: 960-1279. 7. The Mongol Empire and the Yuan Dynasty. 8. The Ming Dynasty: 1368-1644. 9. East Asia and Modern Europe: First Encounters. 10. The Qing Dynasty. PART IV: CHINA IN THE MODERN WORLD. 11. China: Internal Crises and Western Intrusion. 12. China: Endings and Beginnings, 1894-1927. PART V: BUILDING A NEW CHINA. 13. China under the Nationalists. 14. China under Mao. 15. The Chinese World since Mao."