Office of Academic Resources
Chulalongkorn University
Chulalongkorn University

Home / Help

TitleThe Qing Dynasty and traditional Chinese culture
Author Richard J. Smith
ImprintLanham ; Boulder ; New York ; London : Rowman & Littlefield, 2015
Descript xii, 612 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


This engaging and insightful history of the Qing dynasty (1636-1912) offers a systematic discussion of topics such as language, philosophy, religion, art, literature, and social customs. Nuanced and wide-ranging, noted historian Richard J. Smith's authoritative book provides an essential introduction to late imperial Chinese culture and society.


The Ming Dynasty legacy -- The founding of the Ming -- The evolution of Ming institutions -- Ming culture -- Conquest and consolidation -- The fall of the Ming and the rise of the Qing -- The Qing empire: a brief overview -- The Qing political order -- Imperial rule and metropolitan offices -- Administrative integration and its limits -- Social and economic institutions -- Social classes and conflicts -- Forms of Chinese socioeconomic organization -- Language and symbolic reference -- Languages of the Qing -- The relationship between language and culture -- Thought -- The world of ideas -- The confucian moral order -- Daoist flight and fancy -- Religion -- State sacrifices -- Buddhism and religious Daoism -- Popular religion -- Arts and crafts -- Attitudes toward art -- Craft productions -- Painting and calligraphy -- Literature -- Categories of classical literature -- Vernacular literature -- Social life -- Early life-cycle ritual -- Marriage and beyond -- Amusements -- The late Qing and beyond, 1860-2014 -- Reform, revolution, and China's inherited culture -- Appendices -- Appendix A: a note on Chinese names -- Appendix B: weights and measures, exchange rates and costs -- Appendix C: regional differences and provincial stereotypes -- Appendix D: glossary of some philosophical concepts -- Appendix E: tables of contents of selected editions of the Wanbao Quanshu (1612, 1636, 1758 and 1828) -- Appendix F: some English-language writings on Honglou Meng (dream of the red chamber)

China -- Civilization -- 1644-1912

Central Library (5th Floor)951.03 S657Q 2015CHECK SHELVES

Chulalinet's Book Delivery Request


Office of Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University, Phayathai Rd. Pathumwan Bangkok 10330 Thailand

Contact Us

Tel. 0-2218-2929,
0-2218-2927 (Library Service)
0-2218-2903 (Administrative Division)
Fax. 0-2215-3617, 0-2218-2907

Social Network


facebook   instragram