Just over a thousand years ago, the Song dynasty emerged as the most advanced civiliation on Earth. Within two centuries, China was home to nearly half of humankind. In this history we learn why the inventiveness of this era has been favorable compared with the European Renaissance, which in many ways, the Song transformation surpassed.
Bound Feet and Western Dress - Pang Mei Chang - Discussion November 2004 "In China, a woman is nothing". Thus begins the saga of a Chang Yuyi, a woman born into a well-to-do, highly respected Chinese family. Growing up in the perilous years between the fall of the last emperor and the Communist Revolution, Chang Yuyi's life is marked by a series of rebellions that will make her one of the most famous women in Chinese history. (goodreads)
The Last Eunuch of China: The Life of Sun Yaoting China's last eunuch Sun Yaoting died in December 1996 at age 94. He took with him intimate stories of the last vestiges of Imperial China and was himself the last in the line of eunuchs who had served the royal family for more than 2,000 years. His personal journey from poor farmboy to revered servant to Pu Yi and Wanrong, China's last emperor and empress, is an amazing journey which also chronicles nearly one century of turbulence and…
The artistic traditions of Mesopotamia, or ancient Iraq, are among the oldest, and the richest, in the world. The broad chronological scope of this illustrated volume gives us a new appreciation of both the diversity and the continuity of Mesopotamian art history.