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The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 1: The…

The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 1: The Ch'in and Han Empires,… (1986)

by Denis Crispin Twitchett

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De oorspronkelijke hoofdredakteuren van deze serie zijn John K. Fairbank † en Denis Twitchett †, per deel meestal bijgestaan door deskundigen in de betrokken periode. Ieder deel bestaat uit een aantal artikelen door deskundigen op het behandelde terrein, soms meer samenvattingen van de stand van het onderzoek, maar vaak met nieuw materiaal en nieuwe ideeën. De serie is ook goed te gebruiken als bibliografie, want naast het gedetailleerde notenapparaat van elk artikel afzonderlijk, bevat ieder deel tot slot een uitgebreide bibliografie van de door de auteurs gebruikte literatuur. De meeste delen bevatten bovendien ook nog bibliografische essays, waarin de belangrijkste primaire bronnen en secundaire literatuur worden geëvalueerd. Ieder deel bevat een gedetailleerde index op namen, zaken en gebeurtenissen, waardoor het ook bruikbaar is als encyclopedisch naslagwerk over de behandelde periode.
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This volume begins the historical coverage of The Cambridge History of China with the establishment of the Ch'in empire in 221 BC and ends with the abdication of the last Han emperor in AD 220. Spanning four centuries, this period witnessed major evolutionary changes in almost every aspect of China's development, being particularly notable for the emergence and growth of a centralized administration and imperial government. Owing to their pioneer achievements and the heritage that they left for later empires, these dynasties have rightly been regarded as a formative influence throughout Chinese history. Important archaeological discoveries of recent years have made a new approach possible for many aspects of the period. Leading historians from Asia, Europe, and America have contributed chapters that convey a realistic impression of significant political, economic, intellectual, religious, and social developments, and of the contacts that the Chinese made with other peoples at this time. Like the other volumes in the series, volume 1 summarizes the information given in primary sources in the light of the most recent critical scholarship. As the book is intended for the general reader as well as the specialist, technical details are given in both Chinese terms and English equivalents. References lead to primary sources and their translations and to secondary writings in European languages as well as Chinese and Japanese.

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