The Pageant Of Chinese History - Elizabeth SeegerLongmans, Green & Co., 1943, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper with wear to the edges, nicked at the head of the spine, short tears to the tops of both upper and lower panel. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
9th impression. [First Edition: April, 1934] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings; Maps; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “AGAINST the background of a rich and ancient culture, Miss Seeger depicts in colourful, poetic prose the story of a nation, a continent rather than a country. A vast panorama it is — from about 3000 B. C. to the establishment of the Republic. Taking the Chinese point of view, as far as possible, the author has chosen from the wealth of legend and story those aspects which seem to symbolize Chinese civilization.
Beginning with the mythical accounts of nomad leaders and legendary kings, she traces the story through hundreds of years to a time of luxury and elegance, of art, literature, the making of porcelain, the invention of printing, and the flowering of painting and philosophy. Jesuit missionaries found their way to Peking, as had Marco Polo and other Europeans, nearly seven hundred years ago.
With the Manchu conquest foreigners were again excluded and wars followed with Europe. Finally the Chinese were forced to open their ports to trade and to admit foreign envoys to their emperor. Following the war with Japan, when Europeans seized the seaports, a period of vital interest to Western nations ended in the Boxer rebellion of 1900. The reforms following led finally to the establishment of the Republic.
Miss Seeger tells her story in human terms, and there emerges a vivid picture of the kind of people the Chinese have been, their family life, their humour and philosophy, as well as the long pageant of empire, of civil wars and conquest which have prefaced the present crisis. An introductory volume for readers of all ages.”