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Daily Life in China on the Eve of the Mongol Invasion, 1250-1276 (Daily Life)

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Chinese Studies, History
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1st 1962 by Stanford University Press (first published 1962)
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I've heard Gernet's A History of Chinese Civilization is a reliable overview, but I haven't read that yet.

This is a 'snapshot' of life in Hangzhou in the Southern Song dynasty in the two decades before the Mongol invasion. This city was chosen to be the capital not only because of its value as a major trade port and strategic location, Gernet says, but because of its attractive aesthetic qualities.

Gernet also goes after the old canard of China as an 'eternal, unchanging' civilization, but inste
Sep 24, 2015 Stezsen rated it really liked it
Baca ulang setelah sekian lama.
Pengen nyoba tuang air panas ke sumur di musim panas, katanya bisa muncul es. Sayang sekali di sini ga ada sumur huk huk. Orang2 zaman dulu merhatiin hal2 aneh ya.

Oh, dan apaan ada depot kanibal di ibukota! Ternyata suikoden tak jauh2 amat dari kenyataan O.o

Terus cara nyimpen es di bawah tanah biar bisa dipake sampe musim panas O.o. Apa mereka tau klo es ditambahin sirop bisa jadi es krim? :v

Dan ada wang anshi segitu malesnya mandi sampe diseret paksa ke bak mand
Feb 07, 2014 Bahia rated it really liked it
Written in French in 1959, this book uses historical records such as those of Marco Polo to paint a picture of what life was like in Hangchow, China, from 1250-1276. The book goes into great detail and shows a surprisingly complete picture of life at this time. China at this time is surprisingly advanced in comparison to European countries at the same time. This book is a great read for anyone interested in Chinese history.
Jan 29, 2009 Dave rated it liked it
The first two chapters are an outstanding glimpse of life for the citizens of Hangzhou, the world's most advanced city during the Southern Song Dynasty in the late 13th century. The second half of the book gets caught up in detail and repetition and actually becomes quite boring, but I highly recommend the first half.
Mar 21, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it
How do civilizations vet those who see certain careers as their only way out? A great book filled the tedium of bureaucracy and people's dreams. A nice commentary on Chinese test history.
Apr 28, 2011 Charles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-mongols
A great reference for both historians and re creators.
Apr 24, 2008 Jana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, asian
Great resource for anyone interested in Medieval China!
Bryn Hammond
Old-fashioned in a bad sense.
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Jacques Gernet is an eminent French sinologist of the second half of the 20th century. His best-known work is The Chinese Civilization, a 900 page summary of Chinese history and civilization which has been translated into many languages.

Gernet obtained a degree in classics at Algiers in 1942, then served in World War II from 1942-1945. In 1947 he received his degree in Chinese from the National Sc
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