A SHORT HISTORY OF CHINESE CIVILIZATION by Tsui Chi

A SHORT HISTORY OF CHINESE CIVILIZATION

By
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

In 1934, Longmans, Green published (under their juvenile imprint) an excellent one volume Pageant of Chinese History by Elizabeth Seeger. This -- to my knowledge, is the only one volume Chinese history available, and -- though sufficiently adult in approach net to preclude it for adult consumption, the fact of its being listed as a juvenile has limited its distribution...Now comes this comprehensible and thoroughly readable one volume survey, written in English by a Chinese, now living in England. This is the story of a civilization that has endured longer than any other, a story from its almost legendary past to virtually the present. He traces the successive invasions, conquests -- and always the conqueror was absorbed and the Chinese prevailed. He tells of the factors dominating that civilization, -- Confucius who taught a practical way of life, Lao-tzu who brought in a Romantic element, Buddhism, imported from India as a pattern of worship. He traces the thread of love of earth, love of beauty. He shows how -- in the far distant past, more than 700 years B.C., the Chou feudal system introduced modern agricultural theories. He traces the beginnings of isolation -- behind the Great Wall -- the infiltration of the foreigners -- the exploitations which led to hatred -- the periods of reform and of degeneration -- and again reform -- the sea adventures, missionaries, three phases of conflict with Japan. And then the gropings towards republicanism, Sun Yat Sen, Chiang Kai-Shek, and China united against the . In one volume too little space can be given to the great literature and arts of China, but enough is indicated to make them an integral part of her civilization. A timely book.

Pub Date: Aug. 27th, 1943
Publisher: Putnam