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Ancient Chinese Inventions by Contents: Are the four major inventions the most important? -- Compass -- Gunpowder -- Paper -- Printing -- Iron and steel smelting -- Copper smelting and bronze ware -- Extraction and application of petroleum -- Discovery and mining of coal -- Pottery and porcelain -- Wine and liquor -- Sericulture -- Tea and tea culture -- Star catalogue and star atlas -- Observation of solar and lunar eclipses -- Surveying of the meridian -- Zhang Heng and his seismograph -- Guo Shoujing and his shoushi calendar -- Decimal and binary systems -- Zu Chongzhi and pi -- Equal temperament -- Traditional Chinese medicine -- Acupuncture -- Anesthetic -- Variolation -- Great Wall -- China's Grand Canal -- Dujiangyan irrigation system -- Kite -- Abacus -- Weiqi (Go) -- Hot-air balloon -- Parachute -- Archery -- Match -- Chinese kung fu -- Football -- Golf -- Classical works of science.
Call Number: T27.C5 D4613 2011
The Chinese Thought of It by Describes the inventions created by the Chinese in agriculture, metalwork, transportation, warfare, and other fields, including paper, printing, and silk, and how they fit into Chinese civilization, both ancient and modern.
Call Number: T27.C5 Y4 2009
The Ancient Chinese by This book presents the civilization of ancient China, discussing aspects of daily life for different social classes and reviewing some of the contributions made to later civilizations. The emperor was at the top of society in ancient China. Nobles and civil servants tended to his needs and assisted in managing the government. The majority of people in ancient China were peasant farmers, merchants, and craft workers. The Chinese are credited with many important inventions, including the iron plow and magnetic compass. They also developed materials, such as silk and paper. Focusing mainly on the Shang, Zhou, Qin, and Han dynasties, this book explores ancient China through its social structure. It takes a look at its people and details the duties of an emperor, the activities of a merchant, and much more. It also describes some of the discoveries and writings that have led to our present-day understanding of this fascinating civilization.
Call Number: DS721 .S3677 2004
From the creation legend of Panku to the demise of the Han Dynasty, this program traces Chinese history and explores the roots of Chinese culture today. Visit the Great Wall of China as scholars discuss why it remains even today a symbol of oppression, exemplified in the legend of the weeping woman; the Imperial Palace and how it exemplifies Chinese beliefs in harmony; and the Beijing Opera, whose works are an elaborate retelling of traditional folktales. The influences of Buddhism, ancestor worship, and Taoism in China are also discussed, along with stunning footage of the Buddhist caves and the terra-cotta army. (50 minutes)
Inventions and Innovations
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Ancient China and its Enemies by Relations between Inner Asian nomads and Chinese are a continuous theme throughout Chinese history. By investigating the formation of nomadic cultures, by analyzing the evolution of patterns of interaction along China's northern frontiers, and by exploring how this interaction was recorded in early Chinese historiography, this book explores the origins of the cultural and political tensions between these two civilizations through the first millennium BC. The main purpose of the book is to analyze ethnic, cultural, and political frontiers between nomads and Chinese in the historical contexts that led to their formation, and to look at cultural perceptions of 'others' as a function of the same historical process. Based on both archaeological and textual sources, this book also introduces a new methodological approach to Chinese frontier history, which combines extensive factual data with a careful scrutiny of the motives, methods, and general conception of history that informed the Chinese historian Ssu-ma Ch'ien.
Publication Date: 2002