Foundations of Chinese Civilization

Foundations of Chinese Civilization

Book - 2016 | First edition
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Baker & Taylor
Discusses China's earliest history, from the reign of the Yellow Emperor to the collapse of the Han dynasty.

Perseus Publishing
The first volume in this easy to read, comic-style series on Chinese history

Who founded China? Are Chinese people religious? What is Chinese culture and how has it changed over time? The accessible and fun Understanding China Through Comics series answers those questions and more.

For all ages, Foundations of Chinese Civilization covers China's early history in comic form, introducing philosophies like Confucianism and Daoism, the story of the Silk Road, famous emperors like Han Wudi, and the process of China's unification.

Includes a handy timeline. This is volume one of the Understanding China Through Comics series.

Jing Liu is a Beijing native now living in Davis, California. A successful designer and entrepreneur who helped brands tell their stories, Jing currently uses his artistry to tell the story of China.

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Offering lively, b&w cartoon-style illustrations, this first book in the series Understanding China Through Comics offers a visual approach for students and general readers in middle school and up. The book begins with a timeline, a 10-page overview of 5,000 years of Chinese history, and a 6-page overview of the Chinese people, all illustrated graphic-novel style. The rest of the book outlines and explains aspects of Chinese history, from the Shang dynasty through the Han dynasty. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Stone Bridge Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781611720273
Branch Call Number: 741.5 LIU
Characteristics: 158 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Apr 15, 2018

Basically Emperors usurped by popular uprising, aristocrats & court infighting between consort vs eunuchs in first volume. Geography & climate (low annual precipitation) caused hungry nomads to raid China throughout history. Volume also highlighted competing philosophies.
Took a star off because it lacked biography on where author/artist got his sources.

Feb 02, 2018

if you feel that:

Chinese history is recorded and interpreted differently from western history,

and if you are curious then this book can wet your appetite,

it uses graphics to feed your imagination when English words cannot,

its short comings are, its graphics are not in the style of Disney or computer animation.

but it is better than nothing,

and you do want to fill your imagination will some animated chinese history don't you.
i know you are hungry your mind is under nourished,
there are animated stories of all human history , discoveries, innovations, the spiritual
progress of civilization, awaiting you in your library....

Dec 14, 2017

Informative intro to early Chinese history.


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