Liu Jing has already provided guides to the earlier history of this country with his illustrated comic books. There's also a brief recap of the first two books at the beginning of this one, so those of us who have terrible memories can follow along more easily. Also the time period where China started looking inward and closing off itself from the world. The whole book was interesting and I found it surprisingly engaging given that I am not a huge fan of reading about history. I may be confusing it with The History of the World I Guess.
Still, the combination of silhouettes—often threatening, martial ones—with open-faced, expressively individualized figures of many social classes adds dramatic tension while neatly balancing the big-picture narrative. I enjoy Chinese history and non-fiction graphic novels about people, places, and history. We need help to explore and explain how this country came to be. Foundations of Chinese Civilization is a delight to read; humorous, informative, and truly captivating. Overall a well done book about Chinese history that is easy to follow and will appeal to middle grade and older readers. My 10 year old son read it as well and said it was interesting and he liked it.
It is a decent comic history of Japan for the time period listed in the title. Would I say I have a concrete knowledge of this time period now? Berserk Vol 35 by Kentaro Miura 11. For beginners to Chinese history, this is an invaluable resource. His new series of comic books is a fun, easy, accessible way to gain a basic understanding of Chinese history and culture. Liu focuses on the foreign invasions that mark this period and the resulting academic, governing, and economic changes that were made to give the people a sense of Chinese cultural and national identity.
The whole book was interesting and I found it surprisingly engaging given that I am not a huge fan of reading about history. Character comments and antics in the artwork add humor, which readers will appreciate. Contents: The five dynasties and ten kingdoms, 907-960 -- The Song dynasty, 960-1279 -- The Mongol empire, 1206-1368. The third volume of the Understanding China Through Comics series, Barbarians and the Birth of Chinese Identity, tells of the founding of the Song Dynasty and its attempts to reinvigorate a flagging economy and government while defending against invading barbarians and the eventual invasion of China by Genghis Khan and the Mongols. The 3 part of the 4 part book on Chinese History. The battles of the Mongol warriors were interesting.
Chinese history is a vast subject, but Jing Liu has a skillful ability to condense it all into an interesting and manageable narrative. An excellent introduction to the large trends of early Chinese history. The illustrations are clean and neat and enhance the text with graphic representations of facts in map or chart form. I would recommend if you are interested in learning about Chinese history. The author's comedic tone and tendency to stick to key moments and broad trends help him keep a lively pace even when covering dry subjects. This direct, appealing introduction to the foundations of one of the world's oldest civilizations is recommended for teens and adults.
This period of history in China is very intricate and it would take a very large tome to uncover all the details of the era covered here. Overall the text is clear, with a few stumbles during descriptions of dynastic upheavals and border wars, which are somewhat light on information. A wonderful place to start. Foundations of Chinese Civilization is a delight to read; humorous, informative, and truly captivating. This is the third in the Understanding China Through Comics series that I love so much, and it continues to live up to the promise of the first two books. The E-mail message field is required. At any rate, the author is as always careful to define all terms clearly and also to clearly mark transitions and turning points.
It is a decent comic history of Japan for the time period listed in the title. His illustrations help the reader follow the various dynasties as he follows the threads that lead from the beginning to the end of this period. Overall a I got a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program to review. It's very much an introductory volume-- if you already know things about Chinese history, this is not a good book for you-- but if you don't? Description: 148 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm. This series does a great job of making the very complicated history of China actually understandable. Liu graduated from Beijing University of Technology with undergraduate degrees in industrial design and engineering, and a masters in international economics and trade.
The third volume of the Understanding China Through Comics series, Barbarians and the Birth of Chinese Identity, tells of the founding of the Song Dynasty and its attempts to reinvigorate a flagging economy and government while defending against invading barbarians and the eventual invasion of China by Genghis Khan and the Mongols. What is Chinese culture and how has it changed over time? The text is mostly given in the narration with approx. The Understanding China Through Comics series answers these questions and more. Easily integrated into a social studies or Chinese culture curriculum, I can't wait to get a copy for my class. There is nothing else like it in English or Chinese.
While addressing political and geographic upheavals, Liu reveals just enough information to make readers aware of the devastating effects of being conquered, without getting into details that might be too upsetting for younger audiences. Some governors realized the lack of a national identity kept their soldiers and others from feeling any sense of loyalty to any particular regime. While the topic is complicated the book's design is not. Barbarians and the Birth of Chinese Identity carries the history of China forward from the Song Dynasty to the Mongol invasion and eventual eviction I think? There is nothing else like it in English or Chinese. The book is black and white and ha I enjoy Chinese history and non-fiction graphic novels about people, places, and history.