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The Cambridge Illustrated History of China (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Patricia Buckley Ebrey The Cambridge Illustrated History of China (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Patricia Buckley Ebrey
R1,110 R979 Discovery Miles 9 790 Save R131 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

More populous than any other country on earth, China also occupies a unique place in our modern world for the continuity of its history and culture. In this sumptuously illustrated single-volume history, now in its second edition, noted historian Patricia Buckley Ebrey traces the origins of Chinese culture from prehistoric times to the present. She follows its development from the rise of Confucianism, Buddhism, and the great imperial dynasties to the Mongol, Manchu, and Western intrusions and the modern communist state. Her scope is phenomenal - embracing Chinese arts, culture, economics, society and its treatment of women, foreign policy, emigration, and politics, including the key uprisings of 1919 and 1989 in Tiananmen Square. Both a comprehensive introduction to an extraordinary civilization and an expert exploration of the continuities and disjunctures of Chinese history, Professor Ebrey's book has become an indispensable guide to China past and present. This second edition includes a new chapter on China's recent opening to the world and a fully revised guide to further reading.

Emperor Huizong (Hardcover): Patricia Buckley Ebrey Emperor Huizong (Hardcover)
Patricia Buckley Ebrey
R1,172 R1,108 Discovery Miles 11 080 Save R64 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

China was the most advanced country in the world when Huizong ascended the throne in 1100 CE. In his eventful twenty-six-year reign, the artistically gifted emperor guided the Song Dynasty toward cultural greatness. Yet Huizong would be known to posterity as a political failure who lost the throne to Jurchen invaders and died their prisoner. The first comprehensive English-language biography of this important monarch, Emperor Huizong is a nuanced portrait that corrects the prevailing view of Huizong as decadent and negligent. Patricia Ebrey recasts him as a ruler genuinely ambitious--if too much so--in pursuing glory for his flourishing realm. After a rocky start trying to overcome political animosities at court, Huizong turned his attention to the good he could do. He greatly expanded the court's charitable ventures, founding schools, hospitals, orphanages, and paupers' cemeteries. An accomplished artist, he surrounded himself with outstanding poets, painters, and musicians and built palaces, temples, and gardens of unsurpassed splendor. What is often overlooked, Ebrey points out, is the importance of religious Daoism in Huizong's understanding of his role. He treated Daoist spiritual masters with great deference, wrote scriptural commentaries, and urged his subjects to adopt his beliefs and practices. This devotion to the Daoist vision of sacred kingship eventually alienated the Confucian mainstream and compromised his ability to govern. Readers will welcome this lively biography, which adds new dimensions to our understanding of a passionate and paradoxical ruler who, so many centuries later, continues to inspire both admiration and disapproval.

Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook 2nd Edition (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Patricia Buckley Ebrey Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook 2nd Edition (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Patricia Buckley Ebrey
R758 Discovery Miles 7 580 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Chinese Civilization sets the standard for supplementary texts in Chinese history courses. With newly expanded material, personal documents, social records, laws, and documents that historians mistakenly ignore, the sixth edition is even more useful than its classic predecessor. A complete and thorough introduction to Chinese history and culture. Chinese Civilization sets the standard for supplementary texts in Chinese history courses. With newly expanded material, personal documents, social records, laws, and documents that historians mistakenly ignore, the sixth edition is even more useful than its classic predecessor. A complete and thorough introduction to Chinese history and culture.

State Power in China, 900-1325 (Hardcover): Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Paul Jakov Smith State Power in China, 900-1325 (Hardcover)
Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Paul Jakov Smith
R1,370 R1,107 Discovery Miles 11 070 Save R263 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This collection provides new ways to understand how state power was exercised during the overlapping Liao, Song, Jin, and Yuan dynasties. Through a set of case studies, State Power in China, 900-1325 examines large questions concerning dynastic legitimacy, factional strife, the relationship between the literati and the state, and the value of centralization. How was state power exercised? Why did factional strife periodically become ferocious? Which problems did reformers seek to address? Could subordinate groups resist the state? How did politics shape the sources that survive? The nine essays in this volume explore key elements of state power, ranging from armies, taxes, and imperial patronage to factional struggles, officials' personal networks, and ways to secure control of conquered territory. Drawing on new sources, research methods, and historical perspectives, the contributors illuminate the institutional side of state power while confronting evidence of instability and change-of ways to gain, lose, or exercise power.

Loose-Leaf Version for a History of World Societies, Value Edition, Volume 2 (Loose-leaf, 11th ed.): Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks,... Loose-Leaf Version for a History of World Societies, Value Edition, Volume 2 (Loose-leaf, 11th ed.)
Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Roger B. Beck, Jerry Davila, Clare Haru Crowston, …
R1,078 Discovery Miles 10 780 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Confucianism and Family Rituals in Imperial China - A Social History of Writing about Rites (Hardcover): Patricia Buckley Ebrey Confucianism and Family Rituals in Imperial China - A Social History of Writing about Rites (Hardcover)
Patricia Buckley Ebrey
R2,210 R1,639 Discovery Miles 16 390 Save R571 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

To explore the historical connections between Confucianism and Chinese society, this book examines the social and cultural processes through which Confucian texts on family rituals were written, circulated, interpreted, and used as guides to action. Weddings, funerals, and ancestral rites were central features of Chinese culture; they gave drama to transitions in people's lives and conveyed conceptions of the hierarchy of society and the interdependency of the living and the dead. Patricia Ebrey's social history of Confucian texts shows much about how Chinese culture was created in a social setting, through the participation of people at all social levels. Books, like Chu Hsi's Family Rituals and its dozens of revisions, were important in forming ritual behavior in China because of the general respect for literature, the early spread of printing, and the absence of an ecclesiastic establishment authorized to rule on the acceptability of variations in ritual behavior. Ebrey shows how more and more of what people commonly did was approved in the liturgies and thus brought into the realm labeled Confucian. Originally published in 1991. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Chinese Funerary Biographies - An Anthology of Remembered Lives (Paperback): Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Ping Yao, Cong Ellen Zhang Chinese Funerary Biographies - An Anthology of Remembered Lives (Paperback)
Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Ping Yao, Cong Ellen Zhang
R639 R598 Discovery Miles 5 980 Save R41 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Tens of thousands of epitaphs, or funerary biographies, survive from imperial China. Engraved on stone and placed in a grave, they typically focus on the deceased's biography and exemplary words and deeds, expressing the survivors' longing for the dead. These epitaphs provide glimpses of the lives of women, men who did not leave a mark politically, and children-people who are not well documented in more conventional sources such as dynastic histories and local gazetteers. This anthology of translations makes available funerary biographies covering nearly two thousand years, from the Han dynasty through the nineteenth century, selected for their value as teaching material for courses in Chinese history, literature, and women's studies as well as world history. Because they include revealing details about personal conduct, families, local conditions, and social, cultural, and religious practices, these epitaphs illustrate ways of thinking and the realities of daily life. Most can be read and analyzed on multiple levels, and they stimulate investigation of topics such as the emotional tenor of family relations, rituals associated with death, Confucian values, women's lives as written about by men, and the use of sources assumed to be biased. These biographies will be especially effective when combined with more readily available primary sources such as official documents, religious and intellectual discourses, and anecdotal stories, promising to generate provocative discussion of literary genre, the ways historians use sources, and how writers shape their accounts.

Family and Property in Sung China - Yuan Ts'ai's Precepts for Social Life (Hardcover): Patricia Buckley Ebrey Family and Property in Sung China - Yuan Ts'ai's Precepts for Social Life (Hardcover)
Patricia Buckley Ebrey
R2,961 R2,180 Discovery Miles 21 800 Save R781 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Providing the best surviving evidence of the everyday thinking of the Sung upper class, Yuan Ts'ai's twelfth-century manual is the advice of a typical educated man on the concerns of managing a family, from rearing children and arranging their marriages, to avoiding social conflict, training servants, and managing property and preserving it for the next generation. Originally published in 1984. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Confucianism and Family Rituals in Imperial China - A Social History of Writing about Rites (Paperback): Patricia Buckley Ebrey Confucianism and Family Rituals in Imperial China - A Social History of Writing about Rites (Paperback)
Patricia Buckley Ebrey
R928 R717 Discovery Miles 7 170 Save R211 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

To explore the historical connections between Confucianism and Chinese society, this book examines the social and cultural processes through which Confucian texts on family rituals were written, circulated, interpreted, and used as guides to action. Weddings, funerals, and ancestral rites were central features of Chinese culture; they gave drama to transitions in people's lives and conveyed conceptions of the hierarchy of society and the interdependency of the living and the dead. Patricia Ebrey's social history of Confucian texts shows much about how Chinese culture was created in a social setting, through the participation of people at all social levels. Books, like Chu Hsi's Family Rituals and its dozens of revisions, were important in forming ritual behavior in China because of the general respect for literature, the early spread of printing, and the absence of an ecclesiastic establishment authorized to rule on the acceptability of variations in ritual behavior. Ebrey shows how more and more of what people commonly did was approved in the liturgies and thus brought into the realm labeled Confucian.

Originally published in 1991.

The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Family and Property in Sung China - Yuan Ts'ai's Precepts for Social Life (Paperback): Patricia Buckley Ebrey Family and Property in Sung China - Yuan Ts'ai's Precepts for Social Life (Paperback)
Patricia Buckley Ebrey
R1,201 R915 Discovery Miles 9 150 Save R286 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Providing the best surviving evidence of the everyday thinking of the Sung upper class, Yuan Ts'ai's twelfth-century manual is the advice of a typical educated man on the concerns of managing a family, from rearing children and arranging their marriages, to avoiding social conflict, training servants, and managing property and preserving it for the next generation.

Originally published in 1984.

The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Chu Hsi's Family Rituals - A Twelfth-Century Chinese Manual for the Performance of Cappings, Weddings, Funerals, and... Chu Hsi's Family Rituals - A Twelfth-Century Chinese Manual for the Performance of Cappings, Weddings, Funerals, and Ancestral Rites (Paperback)
Chu Hsi; Edited by Patricia Buckley Ebrey
R873 R677 Discovery Miles 6 770 Save R196 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Compiled by the great Neo-Confucian philosopher Chu Hsi (1130-1200), the "Family Rituals" is a manual for the private performance of the standard Chinese family rituals: initiations, weddings, funerals, and sacrifices to ancestral spirits. This translation makes the work, which is the most important text of its kind in the last thousand years of Chinese history, fully accessible to scholars and students in a wide range of fields. The militantly Confucian "Family Rituals" was designed to combat the practices of Buddhist and other non-Confucian rites, and it was quickly recognized as the standard authority by the state, the educated elite, and even by many uneducated commoners. With the spread of Neo-Confucianism, it was honored also in Vietnam, Korea, and Japan. Patricia Buckley Ebrey has added notes showing how the "Family Rituals" enhances our understanding of Chinese society and culture. She cites many of the commentaries on the work to give a sense of its uses in the centuries after its publication.

Originally published in 1991.

The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

State Power in China, 900-1325 (Paperback): Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Paul Jakov Smith State Power in China, 900-1325 (Paperback)
Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Paul Jakov Smith
R676 R573 Discovery Miles 5 730 Save R103 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This collection provides new ways to understand how state power was exercised during the overlapping Liao, Song, Jin, and Yuan dynasties. Through a set of case studies, State Power in China, 900-1325 examines large questions concerning dynastic legitimacy, factional strife, the relationship between the literati and the state, and the value of centralization. How was state power exercised? Why did factional strife periodically become ferocious? Which problems did reformers seek to address? Could subordinate groups resist the state? How did politics shape the sources that survive? The nine essays in this volume explore key elements of state power, ranging from armies, taxes, and imperial patronage to factional struggles, officials' personal networks, and ways to secure control of conquered territory. Drawing on new sources, research methods, and historical perspectives, the contributors illuminate the institutional side of state power while confronting evidence of instability and change-of ways to gain, lose, or exercise power.

Accumulating Culture - The Collections of Emperor Huizong (Hardcover): Patricia Buckley Ebrey Accumulating Culture - The Collections of Emperor Huizong (Hardcover)
Patricia Buckley Ebrey
R1,669 R1,364 Discovery Miles 13 640 Save R305 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Winner of the Shimada Prize for Outstanding Work of East Asian Art History By the end of the sixth century CE, both the royal courts and the educated elite in China were collecting works of art, particularly scrolls of calligraphy and paintings done by known artists. By the time of Emperor Huizong (1082-1135) of the Song dynasty (960-1279), both scholars and the imperial court were cataloguing their collections and also collecting ancient bronzes and rubbings of ancient inscriptions. The catalogues of Huizong's painting, calligraphy, and antiquities collections list over 9,000 items, and the tiny fraction of the listed items that survive today are all among the masterpieces of early Chinese art. Patricia Ebrey's study of Huizong's collections places them in both political and art historical context. The acts of adding to and cataloguing the imperial collections were political ones, among the strategies that the Song court used to demonstrate its patronage of the culture of the brush, and they need to be seen in the context of contemporary political divisions and controversies. At the same time, court intervention in the art market was both influenced by, and had an impact on, the production, circulation, and imagination of art outside the court. Accumulating Culture provides a rich context for interpreting the three book-length catalogues of Huizong's collection and specific objects that have survived. It contributes to a rethinking of the cultural side of Chinese imperial rule and of the court as a patron of scholars and the arts, neither glorifying Huizong as a man of the arts nor castigating him as a megalomaniac, but rather taking a hardheaded look at the political and cultural ramifications of collecting and the reasons for choices made by Huizong and his curators. The reader is offered glimpses of the magnificence of the collections he formed and the disparate fates of the objects after they were seized as booty by the Jurchen invaders in 1127. The heart of the book examines in detail the primary fields of collecting -- antiquities, calligraphy, and painting. Chapters devoted to each of these use Huizong's catalogues to reconstruct what was in his collection and to probe choices made by the cataloguers. The acts of inclusion, exclusion, and sequencing that they performed allowed them to influence how people thought of the collection, and to attempt to promote or demote particular artists and styles. This book will be of interest to scholars and students of Chinese art history, social history, and culture, as well as art collectors. Published with the assistance of The Getty Foundation.

Religion and Society in T'ang and Sung China (Hardcover, New): Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Peter N. Gregory Religion and Society in T'ang and Sung China (Hardcover, New)
Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Peter N. Gregory
R1,150 R1,025 Discovery Miles 10 250 Save R125 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The T'ang (618-907) and Sung (960-1279) dynasties were times of great change in China. The economy flourished, the population doubled, printing led to a great increase in the availability of books, Buddhism became a fully sinicized religion penetrating deeply into ordinary life. This volume represents a collaborative effort of nine scholars of Chinese religion, history, and thought to begin addressing the question of how changes in the religions of the Chinese people were implicated in the momentous social and cultural changes of this period.

Chinese Funerary Biographies - An Anthology of Remembered Lives (Hardcover): Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Ping Yao, Cong Ellen Zhang Chinese Funerary Biographies - An Anthology of Remembered Lives (Hardcover)
Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Ping Yao, Cong Ellen Zhang
R2,088 Discovery Miles 20 880 Out of stock

Tens of thousands of epitaphs, or funerary biographies, survive from imperial China. Engraved on stone and placed in a grave, they typically focus on the deceased's biography and exemplary words and deeds, expressing the survivors' longing for the dead. These epitaphs provide glimpses of the lives of women, men who did not leave a mark politically, and children-people who are not well documented in more conventional sources such as dynastic histories and local gazetteers. This anthology of translations makes available funerary biographies covering nearly two thousand years, from the Han dynasty through the nineteenth century, selected for their value as teaching material for courses in Chinese history, literature, and women's studies as well as world history. Because they include revealing details about personal conduct, families, local conditions, and social, cultural, and religious practices, these epitaphs illustrate ways of thinking and the realities of daily life. Most can be read and analyzed on multiple levels, and they stimulate investigation of topics such as the emotional tenor of family relations, rituals associated with death, Confucian values, women's lives as written about by men, and the use of sources assumed to be biased. These biographies will be especially effective when combined with more readily available primary sources such as official documents, religious and intellectual discourses, and anecdotal stories, promising to generate provocative discussion of literary genre, the ways historians use sources, and how writers shape their accounts.

Understanding World Societies 2e V2 & Launchpad for Understanding World Societies 2e (Six Month Online) (Book, 2nd ed.): John P... Understanding World Societies 2e V2 & Launchpad for Understanding World Societies 2e (Six Month Online) (Book, 2nd ed.)
John P McKay, Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Roger B. Beck, Clare Haru Crowston, Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, …
R2,947 Discovery Miles 29 470 Out of stock
Achieve Read & Practice for a History of World Societies, Value Edition (Six-Months Access) & Sources for a History of World... Achieve Read & Practice for a History of World Societies, Value Edition (Six-Months Access) & Sources for a History of World Societies, Volume 2 (Book, 11th ed.)
Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Roger B. Beck, Jerry Davila, Clare Haru Crowston, …
R1,065 Discovery Miles 10 650 Out of stock
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Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Roger B. Beck, Jerry Davila, Clare Haru Crowston, …
R2,133 Discovery Miles 21 330 Out of stock
A History of World Societies, Value Edition, Volume 1 & Sources of World Societies, Volume 1 (Book, 11th ed.): Merry E.... A History of World Societies, Value Edition, Volume 1 & Sources of World Societies, Volume 1 (Book, 11th ed.)
Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Roger B. Beck, Jerry Davila, Clare Haru Crowston, …
R1,824 Discovery Miles 18 240 Out of stock
A History of World Societies, 11e, Volume 1 & Sources of World Societies, 3e, Volume 1 (Paperback, 11th ed.): Merry E.... A History of World Societies, 11e, Volume 1 & Sources of World Societies, 3e, Volume 1 (Paperback, 11th ed.)
Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Roger B. Beck, Jerry Davila, Clare Haru Crowston, …
R4,477 Discovery Miles 44 770 Out of stock
History of World Societies 10e Combined Volume & Launchpad for a History of World Societies 10e Combined Volume (One Year... History of World Societies 10e Combined Volume & Launchpad for a History of World Societies 10e Combined Volume (One Year Online) (Book, 10th ed.)
John P McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler, Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Roger B. Beck, …
R5,047 Discovery Miles 50 470 Out of stock
A History of World Societies, Combined Volume 11E & Launchpad for a History of World Societies 11E (Six Month Access) (Book,... A History of World Societies, Combined Volume 11E & Launchpad for a History of World Societies 11E (Six Month Access) (Book, 11th ed.)
Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Roger B. Beck, Jerry Davila, Clare Haru Crowston, …
R5,289 Discovery Miles 52 890 Out of stock
History of World Societies 10e V1 & Launchpad for History of World Societies 10e (Six Month Online) (Book, 10th ed.): John P... History of World Societies 10e V1 & Launchpad for History of World Societies 10e (Six Month Online) (Book, 10th ed.)
John P McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler, Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Roger B. Beck, …
R4,162 Discovery Miles 41 620 Out of stock
A History of World Societies Volume B: From 800 to 1815 & Launchpad (Six Month Access) (Book, 10th ed.): John P McKay, Bennett... A History of World Societies Volume B: From 800 to 1815 & Launchpad (Six Month Access) (Book, 10th ed.)
John P McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler, Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Roger B. Beck, …
R3,365 Discovery Miles 33 650 Out of stock
Loose-Leaf Version for a History of World Societies, Value Edition, Volume 2 & Sources for World Societies, Volume 2 (Book,... Loose-Leaf Version for a History of World Societies, Value Edition, Volume 2 & Sources for World Societies, Volume 2 (Book, 11th ed.)
Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Roger B. Beck, Jerry Davila, Clare Haru Crowston, …
R1,266 Discovery Miles 12 660 Out of stock
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