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Chinese History: A New Manual (Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Endymion Porter Wilkinson

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1. Februar 2013 Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph (Buch 84)
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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[An] unparalleled collection of Chinese facts and analysis, reaching from the earliest recorded times to the late twentieth century It comprises fourteen supremely learned book length parts in seventy six chapters, including entries on language, people, geography, and the environment, on ideas and beliefs, and on technology and science What is most fascinating for me and, I suppose, older China hands, is Wilkinson s passion for minutiae [A] mighty book Magnificent.--Jonathan Mirsky"New York Review of Books blog" (12/10/2013)"

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Endymion Wilkinson is a scholar and a diplomat (EU Ambassador to China, 1994--2001).

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Important resource for students of Chinese civilization 8. Februar 2013
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This massive volume (1124 pages) covers the entire span of history of the geographic area now called China. Actually, the book is not really a history, but a resource of works on China. As Dr. Wilkinson puts it in the Preface, "The aim of the New Manual is to introduce students of Chinese civilization and history to the different types of transmitted, excavated, and artifactual sources from prehistory to the twentieth century." In keeping with this aim, the book includes both written and digital resource references on all aspects of Chinese civilization. While Dr. Wilkinson does provide some historical data, substantial explication of the various resources listed, and informative discussions of the material covered, these serve to introduce and give context to the references provided.

Virtually any area of interest to a student of China is covered; including, but not limited to, History and Historiography, Geography, Technology, Language, Culture and Philosophy, Education, and Governance. Of course it may be said that the book leaves out many resources, for example those on the so-called minor arts or the arts in general (there is a small section on "The Fine arts")as specific references, but the purpose of the book skirts these kinds of subjects, in favor of those seen (it appears) by Dr. Wilkinson to contribute more to the book's historical thrust.

Following the main text, there is an extensive historical bibliography and source guide, a list of current publishers of materials of Chinese interest, and indices of names found in the book, books cited, and subjects.

Dr. Wilkinson began work on these volumes in the early 1970's, first published as The Research Guide in 1973. Subsequently, and after numerous reprints, an updated version was published in 1998 and revised in 2000. This new edition is greatly expanded and updated with recent data.

If you are, or are going to get serious about Chinese civilization, you MUST acquire this book. It is a treasure trove of information and resources.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An invaluable study and research tool 31. Dezember 2012
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I have just bought a copy of the new edition of `Chinese History - A Manual' by Endymion Wilkinson.
The first printing of this work appeared in 1973, the preface of the author was dated August 1972,
others printings were made from time to time since when James H. Cole published his `Updating Wilkinson', in the year 1991. A new important step was made with the publication of the `Revised and Enlarged Edition', printed in the years 1998 and 2000 (first and second ed.).
Nowadays, with the publication of `A New Manual' we have reached a new culmination in the editorial history of this work.
I consider this book as a masterpiece, I believe that no other work can be so useful in introducing students and in accompanying researchers in the realm of the Chinese History, a rare and precious reference guide, the fruit of a painstaking effort.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly Recommended 16. April 2013
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As other reviewers have pointed out this huge (1.5 million words) and fascinating work introduces most of the Chinese primary sources from prehistory to the twentieth century and a large selection of secondary works in half a dozen languages (both books and articles). In the process it takes the reader through many of the highways and byways of Chinese civilization and history. In this review I should like to highlight two of the techniques that the author uses to make this authoritative reference book both informative and fun to dip into. Techniques that have not been noted by other reviewers.

1. Where possible any and all information susceptible to tabulation is tabulated. In all there are not 15 or 50 tables, but a staggering total of 150. They cover both the obvious--for example, the 24 Standard Histories with a breakdown of their contents by page number (Table 112), to the less obvious, in this case, gender in the Four Histories (Table 49), seventeen of the tallest people in the 24 Histories (Table 48), the size of steppe armies (Table 60), or the influence of military vocabulary (Table 61).

2. Again and again Wilkinson takes a seemingly minor problem (how were women named in different periods? How did men's hair styles change over time? How fast did Chinese fleets sail? How repetitive is the Siku quanshu, the Complete Library in Four Treasuries?). The answers to such questions invariably open up broader historical themes. He also challenges the reader by raising original questions, such as why do almost all historians of China fail to describe how the people that they write about spoke (the answer is in the first of 125 Boxes that enliven the main text).

Given the authoritative presentation, broad scope, and reasonable price set by the publisher it comes as no surprise to learn that the first edition was sold out within a month of publication. A second revised and corrected printing appeared in April 2013 in which according to a note provided by the author 50 important works or editions have been added. Several sections have been revised and one, now titled Chinese as a Global Language? has been rewritten. Finally, typos and other minor errors have been corrected. This magisterial work cannot be recommended too highly.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating and Indispensible 13. April 2013
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Encyclopedic in scope, but never dull. Wilkinson covers the whole sweep of Chinese history and succeeds in making even abstruse points fascinating. I know some Chinese history but his massive work opens up whole new vistas. It will be a great stimulus both for beginners and more advanced students and professors should find the coverage outside their special fields useful. The publisher is to be congratulated in packing 1.5 million words (the equivalent of nine 400-page monographs) into a single volume and managing to keep the price so reasonable. Absolutely essential for anyone interested in Chinese history and civilization.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must-have one 16. Dezember 2013
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This brand new book has monstruous information about China. I can't imagine how much effort was necessary to write such great amount of good quality information (the autor says 50 years) If you don't find the information you want on this manual, the autor brings lots of other fonts for you to go further on your researches. For anyone who really want to study Chinese culture I recommend, just pay attetion: this is a reference book, not a holiday/vacation/free-time book.
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