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China and the Chinese

China and the Chinese by Herbert Allen Giles
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In "China and the Chinese" by Herbert Allen Giles, readers are provided with a comprehensive and insightful exploration of Chinese culture, history, and society. Giles, a renowned sinologist, skillfully delves into the complexities of Chinese civilization, offering readers a deeper understanding of the traditions and philosophies that have shaped this ancient culture.

From Confucianism to Taoism, Giles examines the profound influence of Chinese philosophy on every aspect of society, from governance to social norms. He also delves into the history of China, providing readers with a detailed account of the country's dynastic cycles and the key events that have shaped its trajectory.

One of the book's strengths is Giles' ability to present complex ideas in a clear and accessible manner. Whether discussing Chinese art, literature, or religion, he excels at distilling intricate concepts into understandable insights that make the material engaging and enlightening.

Overall, "China and the Chinese" is a must-read for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and history. Giles' expertise and engaging writing style make this book a valuable resource for scholars, students, and anyone curious about one of the world's oldest and most influential civilizations.

Book Description:

Herbert Allen Giles (1845-1935) spent several years as a diplomat in China and in 1897 was appointed Cambridge University’s second professor of Chinese. His published works cover Chinese language and literature, history and philosophy.

This series of lectures, published as “China and the Chinese”, was given at Columbia University in 1902, to mark the establishment of a Chinese professorship there. The lectures were not intended for the specialist, more to urge a wider and more systematic study of China and its culture, and to encourage new students into the field.

While many of the observations are just as relevant today, others will remind us how much China has changed since the period of the Manchu Qing dynasty in which he wrote.

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