"The Formation of Chinese Civilization" by Kwang-chih Chang

The Formation of Chinese Civilization An Archaeological Perspective Kwang-chih Chang, Pingfang Xu, Liancheng Lu, Wangping Shao, Youping Wang, Hong Xu, Wenming Yan, Zhongpei Zhang, Sarah Allan

The Culture & Civilization of China
Publication date:
12 Aug 2005
Yale University Press
384 pages: 305 x 229mm
43 maps and plans; 308 color; 51 b-w; 402 total
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Paleolithic sites from one million years ago, Neolithic sites with extraordinary jade and ceramic artifacts, excavated tombs and palaces of the Shang and Zhou dynasties—all these are part of the archaeological riches of China. This magnificent book surveys China’s archaeological remains and in the process rewrites the early history of the world’s most enduring civilization.

Eminent scholars from China and America show how archaeological evidence establishes that Chinese culture did not spread from a single central area, as was long assumed, but emerged out of geographically diverse, interacting Neolithic cultures. Taking us to the great archaeological finds of the past hundred years—tombs, temples, palaces, cities—they shed new light on many aspects of Chinese life. With a wealth of fascinating detail and hundreds of reproductions of archaeological discoveries, including very recent ones, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Chinese antiquity and Chinese views on the formation of their own civilization.

K. C. Chang, the late John E. Hudson Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University, was the author of many books, including The Archaeology of Ancient China, published by Yale University Press. Xu Pingfang is the former director of the Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. Sarah Allan is the Burlington Northern Foundation Chair of Asian Studies at Dartmouth College and the author of numerous books.

"A beautiful book. . . . The book is attractively formatted and has been expertly translated and edited. The support of several private individuals and foundations make this book very affordable. The quality of the information contained in the text, in combination with the photographs and its low cost, make this book an excellent choice for Chinese archaeology courses."?Gregory G. Indrisano, China Review International