The Han Civilization of China - Michele Pirazzoli-t' SerstevensOxford: Phaidon Press, 1982, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' name to the first blank.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Diagrams; Maps; Plans;
From the cover: “The present study is an introduction to one of the most exciting moments in the history of civilizations. During the four centuries that the Han dynasty ruled China (206 B.C.-A.D. 220), it prepared the ground for the main political, economic, social and cultural structures that were to characterize the Chinese world for two millennia.
The Han Empire was China’s imperial Rome. Like its western counterpart, the Han, inheriting the unified territory of the Qin, founded a system of government, enacted laws, laid the foundations of a social organization, and promoted intellectual enquiries that were to serve as models not only to future dynasties in China itself, but also to those countries of the Far East that came under the influence of Chinese civilization.
The Han period is, therefore, at once an age of consolidation, change and experiment. The immense effort devoted to agriculture, the improvements and diffusion in the field of technology, and great movements of population totally transformed the economic scene. Autocratic government, the desire to centralize power, the ascendancy of Confucian ideology, and social revolution brought changes in outlook.
The author has captured the movement of the Han Empire by considering the political, economic, social and cultural evolution of a world which changed greatly in the course of four centuries. Over half the illustrations included in the book are of major artefacts that have only recently come to light. Source notes, maps, a chronological table, a bibliography and an index are provided as appendixes. This book is therefore not only a lively narrative of life in Han China, but also an essential study of recent discoveries that will appeal to students and lovers of things Chinese.”