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Gascoigne, Bamber - The Dynasties of China - ( Item 130326 )

Published in London by Folio Society. 2014. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Near Fine slipcase. Slight marks to panels of slipcase. Introduced by Bamber Gascoigne, in a new preface. Bamber Gascoigne leads us on an exhilarating journey spanning three and a half millennia of Chinese imperial civilisation. Glittering cultures, violent suppressions, feats of conquest and seismic revolutions: the history of China up to the 20th century is distilled through its imperial dynasties in Bamber Gascoigne's always engaging book. We first visit the Shang dynasty, where myth and fact mingle in a riveting portrait of often extreme imperial brutality. The later Zhou era gave the world the meritocratic wisdom of Confucius. The Han dynasty, contemporaneous to the birth of Christianity, was the product of a peasant rebellion, while the Yuan dynasty was born under the leadership of the fearsome Genghis Khan. By the time the final imperial family came to power, during the Qing dynasty, in 1912, the great state of China was ceding territory to newer, Western imperial powers, with the calamities of the 20th century about to be unleashed. The Dynasties of China book. Bound in cloth, blocked with a design by Charlotte Orr. Set in Warnock Pro. 240 pages. Frontispiece and 24 pages of colour and black & white illustrations. Printed endpapers. Book size: 9" x 6". From Confucius to Mao - Bamber Gascoigne's journey through Chinese history. A unique binding design. From the Folio Society description.

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