China: A New Cultural History

Paperback | June 19, 2012

byCho-Yun HsuTranslated byTimothy D. Baker, Michael S. Duke

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An internationally recognized authority on Chinese history and a leading innovator in its telling, Cho-yun Hsu constructs an original portrait of Chinese culture. Unlike most historians, Hsu resists centering his narrative on China's political evolution, focusing instead on the country's cultural sphere and its encounters with successive waves of globalization. Beginning long before China's written history and extending through the twentieth century, Hsu follows the content and expansion of Chinese culture, describing the daily lives of commoners, their spiritual beliefs and practices, the changing character of their social and popular thought, and their advances in material culture and technology. In addition to listing the achievements of emperors, generals, ministers, and sages, Hsu builds detailed accounts of these events and their everyday implications. Dynastic change, the rise and fall of national ambitions, and the growth and decline of institutional systems take on new significance through Hsu's careful research, which captures the multiple strands that gave rise to China's pluralistic society. Paying particular attention to influential relationships occurring outside of Chinese cultural boundaries, he demonstrates the impact of foreign influences on Chinese culture and identity and identifies similarities between China's cultural developments and those of other nations.

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An internationally recognized authority on Chinese history and a leading innovator in its telling, Cho-yun Hsu constructs an original portrait of Chinese culture. Unlike most historians, Hsu resists centering his narrative on China's political evolution, focusing instead on the country's cultural sphere and its encounters with success...

Cho-yun Hsu is University Professor Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from National Taiwan University and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has authored or coauthored a number of books, including Seek the Way, Business and Professional Ethics, Exploring Interpretation in Chinese History, ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:632 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 19, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231159218

ISBN - 13:9780231159210

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Table of Contents

ChronologyList of FiguresNotes on the TranslationAuthor's PrefacePrologue1. Prehistory: China's Earliest Cultures According to Regional Archaeology2. The Emergence of Chinese Civilization: The Sixteenth Through Third Centuries B.C.E.3. China Comes Into Its Own: The Third Century B.C.E. to the Second Century C.E.4. China in East Asia: The Second to Tenth Centuries C.E.5. China in an Asian Multistate System: The Tenth to Fifteenth Centuries C.E.6. China Enters the World System7. China Enters the World System8. A Century of Uncertainty: 1850 to 1950AfterwordIndex 04_hsu15920_00_toc.doc: v

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Hsu's book is unique in the field, and makes a distinct contribution above the many other grand narratives of Chinese history. Impeccably researched and consistently insightful, this is precisely the sort of book that every serious scholar of China should keep within arm's reach.