General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date:
1876 Original Publisher: Trbner Subjects: Chinese poetry English
poetry Literary Criticism / Asian / General Literary Criticism /
Poetry Poetry / Anthologies Poetry / English, Irish, Scottish,
Welsh Poetry / Asian Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint
of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or
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from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: CHAPTER IV. THE
CHINA OP THE BOOK OP POETRY, CONSIDERED IN RELATION TO THE EXTENT
OP ITS TERRITORY, AND ITS POLITICAL STATE; ITS RELIGION; AND SOCIAL
CONDITION. 1. A Glance at the map prefixed to this chapter will
give the reader an idea of the extent of the kingdom of Chow, -- of
China as it was during the period to which the Book of Poetry
belongs. The China of The terrltor the present day, what we call
China proper, of the kingdom, r. ii ii i of Chow. embracing the
eighteen provinces, may be described in general terms as lying
between the 20th and 40th degrees of north latitude, and the 100th
and 121st degrees of east longitude, and containing an area of
about 1,300,000 square miles. The China of the Chow dynasty lay
between the 33rd and 38th parallels of latitude, and the 106th and
119th of longitude. The degrees of longitude included in it were
thus about two-thirds of the present; and of the 20 degrees of
latitude the territory of Chow embraced no more than five. It
extended nearly to the limit of the present boundaries on the north
and west, because it was from the north, along the course of the
Yellow river, that the first Chinese settlers had come into the
country, and it was again from the west of the Yellow river that
the chiefs of the Chow family and their . followers pushed their
way to the east, and took possession of the tracts on both sides of
that river, which had b...
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