Imperial China 900-1800

Imperial China 900-1800

Frederick W. Mote / Oct 21, 2019

Imperial China This is a history of China for the year time span of the late imperial period A senior scholar of this epoch F W Mote highlights the personal characteristics of the rulers and dynasties and probe

  • Title: Imperial China 900-1800
  • Author: Frederick W. Mote
  • ISBN: 9780674012127
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a history of China for the 900 year time span of the late imperial period A senior scholar of this epoch, F W Mote highlights the personal characteristics of the rulers and dynasties and probes the cultural theme of Chinese adaptations to recurrent alien rule No other work provides a similar synthesis generational events, personalities, and the spirit of the aThis is a history of China for the 900 year time span of the late imperial period A senior scholar of this epoch, F W Mote highlights the personal characteristics of the rulers and dynasties and probes the cultural theme of Chinese adaptations to recurrent alien rule No other work provides a similar synthesis generational events, personalities, and the spirit of the age combine to yield a comprehensive history of the civilization, not isolated but shaped by its relation to outsiders.This vast panorama of the civilization of the largest society in human history reveals much about Chinese high and low culture, and the influential role of Confucian philosophical and social ideals Throughout the Liao Empire, the world of the Song, the Mongol rule, and the early Qing through the Kangxi and Qianlong reigns, culture, ideas, and personalities are richly woven into the fabric of the political order and institutions This is a monumental work that will stand among the classic accounts of the nature and vibrancy of Chinese civilization before the modern period.

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    1. F. W. Mote's book on Imperial China is a magisterial approach to almost one thousand years of history. This is, firstly, a political history of China, and so economic trends and social/intellectual developments take a background role. Even so, this is a book which largely manages to balance a breadth of topics covered with depth of analysis.The book begins in medias res, starting right before the fall of the Tang Dynasty in 906, and ending before the 'century of chaos' which would befall the Qin [...]


    2. The only history of China for me. For my purposes (steppe study) - he is no less than fantastic on the frontier states or conquest dynasties right up until the Mongols. I felt let down in that section, and much prefer The Cambridge History of China, Volume 6: Alien Regimes and Border States, 907-1368 as a look at the Mongols in China. Of course the Cambridge has more detail on its period, and after the Cambridge, Mote seems interpretive: you have his views. However, he still gets five stars for [...]


    3. Frederick W. Mote was an eminent American sinologist and in this opus, Imperial China one sees the dedication and love towards the history of China that this man had. Covering nearly a millennium, from the fall of the Tang and the Five Dynasties, the Liao Dynasty, the Song Dynasty, the Xi Xia state, the Jin Dynasty, the Yuan Dynasty, the Ming Dynasty to the first century and a half of the Qing Dynasty, this book is a major contribution to scholarship.Readable and accessible to layperson and scho [...]


    4. I first read this in college in 2005, it opened my eyes to the non-Mongol frontier peoples of China being often just as interesting as the Mongols themselves. I re-read it (or the most interesting sections anyway) when I was writing my own book as well as just recently. There are few places outside of Cambridge History of China Vol.6 that have so much not only on the Khitans and first Jurchens, but on the Tanguts as well.


    5. Probably the best one book overview on imperial China. Basically similar to the later several books of the cambridge history of China series, but more up to date on scholarship and the names updated from Wades-Giles romanisation to Pinyin (While it is a small thing, once one is used to pinyin it must be said that Wades-Giles is rather disconcerting). While by no means a perfect book (Mote is often very quick to make value judgements, and the epilogue comes across a tad incoherent) it is by far t [...]


    6. Only got up to Chapter 27, on the Ming Dynasty, but what I managed to read before my loan ended was enough to convince me to track down a more permanent copy. Very good overview that, while you do sometimes get the sense some important things are left out, seems to hit on most of the immediate questions. Mote does a good job moving up and down in scale, giving just enough biographical information to personalize the periods he's talking about (and, significantly, to make clear how different life [...]


    7. Written by one of the greatest of scholars on the history of China this magnificent work is very well written and easy to understand. Certainly, the goings-on of any empire make TV shows like 'Game of Thrones' seem timid by comparison. History enthusiasts as well as lovers of dramatic events will find great game inside the covers of this great work of history. Clearly, Mote's lifetime of study and teaching at Princeton University and his deep respect for Chinese history make him a worthy resourc [...]


    8. An amazing book. I particularly like his dissection of the minds of significant individuals such as those of Abaoji, Kubilai Khan, and especially (even though speculative) what could have raced through the mind of the last emperor of Northern Song/first emperor of Southern Song when a fugitive from Jin troops tracking him.You can see both the author's mastery n passion for his subject. This book is a classic historiography of Chinese civilisation.


    9. different tone on the mongols than weatherford, that's for sure! Curious praise of Yelu Chucai's administrative innovations, which reminds me, any anarcha/o should def consider the conditions under which bureaucracy and administration arose to better understand what it means to dispense with them and the limits of what they replaced--basically loose confederations.


    10. A dazzling, comprehensive work on Chinese history. I was quite ready to go into an undergraduate of Chinese history after putting this down. Covers everything you could possibly want.Sadly, and for whatever reason, The Cambridge History of China series (to go-to place after reading this) is appallingly expensive, so my little dread ended there.


    11. a tremendous work of longue durée scholarship from one of the venerable old guard of American Sinology. This book is not only meticulously researched, but engagingly written. For narrative history of China, it is unparalleled.


    12. Mote is an engaging and passionate historian who has put together a readable and fascinating history of China from the 6 dynasties through the height of the Qing



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