ANCIENT CHINA by Cornelia Spencer


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The established author, who writes of things Oriental with the authority of close personal observation, has made a short well organized story of China's development from prehistoric days to the mid-19th century. At that point, western societies seeking trade penetrated the closed, traditional isolation that had obtained in China since antiquity. The successive dynasties are covered in a chapter each, with particular attention to the changes each wrought in the various aspects of Chinese culture as well as the government. The many photographs come for the most part from the Smithsonian and are supplemented by the beautifully exact line drawings of Elizabeth Hammond.

Pub Date: Feb. 24th, 1964
Publisher: John Day