This is a selection of resources on China’s history and heritage available from the NLB catalogue or the Internet and is not meant to be an exhaustive list. If you know of or come across more useful resources, please drop us a note so that we can share them with our readers.
NLB print and digital resources
The Oxford illustrated history of modern China
An essential read for anyone who wants to understand one of the world’s rising superpowers, this lavishly illustrated volume charts the history of China from the founding of the Qing dynasty (1644–1912) to the present day.
All rights reserved, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
Age of empires: Art of the Qin and Han dynasties
An in-depth exploration of the artistic and cultural achievements of China’s “classical” era, this publication presents more than 150 works spanning the full breadth of Chinese artistic and decorative media. These include ceramics, metalwork, textiles, armor, sculpture and jewellery that demonstrate the unprecedented role of art in ancient Chinese culture.
All rights reserved, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2017.
Great books of China: From ancient times to the present
This publication introduces readers to outstanding works of various genres on China – ranging from fiction, drama and poetry to history, science and travel – written by philosophers, artists, government officials and scholars, both men and women across the centuries, to aid us in understanding the rich culture of past and present China.
All rights reserved, New York: BlueBridge, 2017.
Historical dictionary of medieval China
A rich resource for students and researchers who want to know more about medieval China, this dictionary offers more than 1,000 cross-referenced entries on key historical personalities, including thematic entries on nobility, art, architecture, archaeology, economy, agriculture, money, population, cities, literature, historiography, military, religion, Persia, India, Japan, Korea, Arabs, and Byzantium, among others.
All rights reserved, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.
The art of medicine in early China: The ancient and medieval origins of a modern archive
Gain insights into the myths shared by acupuncturists and herbalists behind the birth of the healing arts as the author traces the rich history of Chinese medical historiography and traditional medicine. The book also shows how ancient and medieval ways of knowing live on in popular narratives of medical history, both in modern Asia and in the West.
All rights reserved, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Discover the impressive accomplishments of the ancient Chinese – including their technological wonders and construction feats – by studying China’s rich history, development, daily happenings, culture, art, technology, warfare, and social organisation.
All rights reserved, Minnesota: Essential Library, an imprint of Abdo Publishing, 2015.
30-second ancient China
Learn more about one of the great civilisations of the world – China – and 50 of its most important achievements, each explained in half a minute, from the secrets of its Bronze Age to the birth of Confucianism.
Retrieved from OverDrive. (myLibrary ID is required to access this ebook.)
Exemplary women of early China: The Lienü zhuan of Liu Xiang
Compiled towards the end of the Han dynasty (202 BCE–9 CE) by the Han dynasty scholar Liu Xiang, this book offers rich information about the daily life, rituals, and domestic concerns of women in early China.
All rights reserved, New York: Columbia University Press, 2014