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

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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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Hadrian
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
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Bahia
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.
Dave
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.
Mark
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.
Charles
A great reference for both historians and re creators.
Jana
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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