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The Resource China : a history, by Cheryl Bardoe

China : a history, by Cheryl Bardoe

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China : a history
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China
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a history
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by Cheryl Bardoe
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eng
Summary
"Discover the history of one of the world's most influential civilizations. Based on the Cyrus Tang Hall of China exhibit at The Field Museum, China: A History traces the 7,000-year story of this diverse land. Full-color maps, photos, and illustrations of the people, landscape, artifacts, and rare objects bring the history of this nation to life! Young readers learn about prehistoric China, follow the reign of emperors and dynasties, and come to understand how China became the world power that it is today. The book also explores the role of children and women in everyday life as well as how religion, politics, and economics shaped the deep traditions and dynamic changes of modern China. This book stands alone from the exhibition and is a go-to resource for young readers looking to learn more about this powerful nation. It includes a timeline, bibliography, and index."--
Review
  • Gr 4–8—As rich as the history it relates, this book is thoroughly illustrated with artwork, maps, and photographs—most from the Field Museum Collection. As in Bardoe's other works, the writing is lucid and thoughtful, though the pace is very rapid; hundreds of years can pass in a paragraph. From the start, Bardoe stresses that there are "many Chinas." Five chapters cover prehistory (while introducing archaeological practices), early dynastic China, philosophies (Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, folk religion), interaction with other countries (14th to the 20th centuries), and China's future. Among the most attractive features in the book are the regular invitations for readers to imagine themselves living a specific cultural moment or role: in a Neolithic village, as a scholar-official, a nun, or a resident of Guangzhou during the Opium Wars. Politics (before the 1900s) and economics, agriculture and technology, are all given weight. Along the way, Bardoe describes the many contributions of China to culture and civilization, including several pages on opera, as well as acknowledging roles for, and restrictions on, the non-noble classes and women. VERDICT An excellent primer on an important world power. Most middle school and YA collections will want to consider.—Patricia D. Lothrop, formerly at St. George's School, Newport, RI --Patricia D. Lothrop (Reviewed 11/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 11, p92)
  • Leveraging the rich collections of the Field Museum, Bardoe paints a broad history of China from the Stone Age to the present. This ambitious project opens with an assertion that further challenges its mission: "There is no single China." From the outset, the author acknowledges the great diversity of people, governance, and geography that make up what readers may understand as China. Yet over millennia, China's rulers forged an empire that lasted through the 20th century, with cultural traditions that persist even today. Across this huge span of time, the author gathers the central threads of Chinese history, including innovations in ceramics and metal work in the early days, the trying work of empire-building, the development of major schools of thought, and China's uneasy engagement with the rest of the world. Notwithstanding its vast scope, the narrative, supported by expertise and artifacts from the Field Museum, offers focus and insight. Each chapter concludes with an opportunity for reflection ("Imagine being Empress Dowager Cixi..."), bringing readers into the text. Readers may wonder at the extremely cursory mention of recent history, but, despite the book's title, the author is fairly clear about her intention to focus elsewhere. A bit dry for casual readers but nonetheless an excellent resource and a beautifully presented, nuanced introduction to pre-20th-century Chinese history. (timeline, source notes, selected bibliography, image credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-adult) (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2018)
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Bardoe, Cheryl
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951
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  • illustrations
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index present
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non fiction
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a history
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China : a history, by Cheryl Bardoe
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Note
  • "Published in association with The Field Museum."
  • Based on the permanent exhibition at the Field Museum: The Cyrus Tang Hall of China
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 149-150) and index
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Contents
There is no single China -- Prehistoric China -- The rise of dynasties -- Schools of thought -- On the world stage -- Looking to the future
Control code
on1005804390
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 163 pages
Isbn
9781419721212
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(hardcover)
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2017046786
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations (chiefly colour), maps
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(OCoLC)1005804390
Label
China : a history, by Cheryl Bardoe
Publication
Note
  • "Published in association with The Field Museum."
  • Based on the permanent exhibition at the Field Museum: The Cyrus Tang Hall of China
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 149-150) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • cartographic image
  • text
Content type code
  • cri
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
There is no single China -- Prehistoric China -- The rise of dynasties -- Schools of thought -- On the world stage -- Looking to the future
Control code
on1005804390
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 163 pages
Isbn
9781419721212
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2017046786
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly colour), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1005804390

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