Endymion Wilkinson’s bestselling manual of Chinese history has long been an indispensable guide to all those interested in the civilization and history of China. In this latest edition, now in a bigger format, its scope has been dramatically enlarged by the addition of one million words of new text.
Twelve years in the making, the new manual introduces students to different types of transmitted, excavated, and artifactual sources from prehistory to the twentieth century. It also examines the context in which the sources were produced, preserved, and received, the problems of research and interpretation associated with them, and the best, most up-to-date secondary works. Because the writing of history has always played a central role in Chinese politics and culture, special attention is devoted to the strengths and weaknesses of Chinese historiography.
The new manual comprises fourteen book-length parts subdivided into a total of seventy-six chapters: Books 1–9 cover Language; People; Geography and the Environment; Governing and Educating; Ideas and Beliefs, Literature, and the Fine Arts; Agriculture, Food, and Drink; Technology and Science; Trade; and Historiography. Books 10–13 present primary and secondary sources chronologically by period. Book 14 is on historical bibliography. Electronic resources are covered throughout.
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The New Manual was published in January 2013. A 2nd revised printing was published in April 2013 and a 3rd revised printing in October 2013.
In the second revised printing several sections were revised or rewritten (notably section 1.4, Chinese as a Global Language); over 50 new works were added; and 400 typos were corrected.
In the third revised printing several dozen sections were rewritten and many typos and careless errors corrected. As part of this process, 128 recent studies, editions, and databases were integrated into the original pagination and some 20 superseded works discarded.
"A unique resource. A must for every serious student of Chinese history and culture."
Victor H. Mair, Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, University of Pennsylvania
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Book Description Harvard University Asia Center, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110674067150