East Asia

East Asia

Tradition & Transformation

Book - 1989
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Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, c1989
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9780395450239
Branch Call Number: 950
Characteristics: xv, 1027 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (some color), maps ;,25 cm


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Sep 08, 2010

When I was reading Seidensticker’s Genji and wanted some background I asked my pals in grad school for a recommendation and they ALL suggested this book. It filled the bill admirably. The Old China Hands give the straight-up, definitive, Ivy League, almost US-Government-line, version of East Asian History. The only thing missing is an on-the-ground view of the reality of daily life. Luckily that view is admirably filled by Steven W. Mosher in his two books Broken Earth: The Rural Chinese and Journey to the Forbidden China. I haven’t seen any of the new editions and updates of East Asia since the 1970s but, since this book is primarily a textbook, updates have probably continued the tradition.


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