The history of China ― brilliantly told and brought vividly to life through more than 6,000 years of artifacts and treasures
This illustrated introduction to the history of China offers a fresh understanding of China’s progress from the Neolithic age to the present. Told in six chapters arranged chronologically, through art, artifacts, people, and places, and richly illustrated with expertly selected objects and artworks, it firmly connects today’s China with its internationally engaged past.
From the earliest archaeological relics and rituals, through the development of writing and state, to the advent of empire, the author charts China’s transformation from ancient civilization into the world’s most populous nation and influential economy, offering historical insights and cultural treasures along the way. This accessible book presents an eclectic mix of materials including Chinese theater, the decorative arts, costume, jewelry, and furniture-making, running through to the most recent diffusion of Chinese culture. 650 illustrations.
Thames & Hudson
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01 December 2017
Introduction * 1. Early China: Neolithic to the Unification 4000-221 bc * 2. Empires 221 BC-AD 960 * 3. Emperors, Scholars and Merchants 960-1279 * 4. Mongols and Ming 1271-1644 * 5. Qing: The Last Dynasty 1644-1911 * 6. Modern China 1911-present
Reviews for China: A History in Objects
'A strong narrative thrust helps propel the reader through 6,000 years ... rewarding and very visually satisfying' - Oriental Ceramic Society 'Harrison-Hall is an informed guide with a skilled and curatorial eye ... [China] contains enough fascinating titbits to intrigue the most casually interested of readers' - Times Literary Supplement 'Varied and enticing ... China: A History in Objects is a tour de force, distilling complex historical phenomena into manageable chunks explored through material evidence' - The Art Newspaper 'Beautiful and comprehensive ... an accessible introduction to the history of China' - History Revealed