The Sextants of Beijing

The Sextants of Beijing

Global Currents in Chinese History

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
A chronicle of the unexpectedly rich and varied history of China deflates myths about the country's monolithic and isolated status, revealing its long traditions of influence on and from other Asian countries and the West through trade, technology, and religion.

Norton Pub
A surprising survey of a cosmopolitan China, a civilization actively engaged with other cultures and societies. It is time to shed the long-held myth that Chinese civilization is monolithic, unchanging, and perennially cut off from the rest of the world. This persistent stereotype has long obscured China's diverse and dynamic history. Drawing on the latest research in the field, Joanna Waley-Cohen gives us an accessible account of China's fertile relations with other Asian cultures and indeed the West from the days of the Silk Road to the present. Around 200 B.C. the Han empire was establishing its capital at Chang'an and Rome was becoming a political force. Between them traders shipped silk and gold west, and spices, woolens, and horses east. It was over this Silk Road that Buddhism spread from India to China, where the foreign religion soon made permanent inroads. Later, Catholic missionaries would interpret the Chinese resistance to their religion as evidence of an arrogant complacency, just as Western emissaries would interpret China's objections to trade on Western terms. But whether in trade, religion, ideology, or technology, China has shown a pattern of engagement with the rest of the world, so long as the rules of engagement are not externally imposed.

Book News
Waley-Cohen (history, New York U.) takes brass astronomical instruments that Jesuits built centuries ago for the early Manchu emperors as an example and a representation of China's relationship with other cultures, both Asian and western, from the days of the Silk Road to the present. She challenges the notion that Chinese civilization is monolithic, unchanging, and perennially cut off from the rest of the world. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

Chronicles the history of China to deflate myths about the country's monolithic and isolated status, revealing its long traditions of influence on, and from, other Asian countries

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393046939
0393046931
Branch Call Number: 951 WAL
Characteristics: ix, 322 p. : maps ; 22 cm.

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