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Title:
China : a history
ISBN:
9781419721212
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Publication Information:
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2018.
Physical Description:
ix, 163 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), maps ; 24 cm
General Note:
"Published in association with The Field Museum."

Based on the permanent exhibition at the Field Museum: The Cyrus Tang Hall of China.
Contents:
There is no single China -- Prehistoric China -- The rise of dynasties -- Schools of thought -- On the world stage -- Looking to the future.
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."-- Amazon.
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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.


Author Notes

Cheryl Bardoe is a former senior project manager of exhibitions at the Field Museum in Chicago. She is the author of Gregor Mendel and Mammoths and Mastodons and lives in Chicago.


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School Library Journal 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 © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Making expansive illustrative use of the collections belonging to the Field Museum in Chicago, this cultural history of China covers thousands of years. Covering so much in a juvenile nonfiction work of less than 200 pages is a daunting endeavor, but Bardoe, a former senior projects manager at the museum, does her best to give a broad overview encapsulating high points of the region's accomplishments. Dynastic government systems, art, trade, and technological advancements are compared and contrasted with Western civilizations, offering readers a broader view of the world today and its roots. ""Imagine Being"" sections are windows to the past, giving an idea of what it would be like to be a Chinese scholar, farmer, and even an empress. A time line links highlights of different periods to simultaneous events in other parts of the world. Illustrations include not only artifacts and maps but also photos of archaeologists in the field. Highly recommended as a way to introduce historical diversity to all collections.--Karen Cruze Copyright 2018 Booklist