The Golden Peaches of Samarkand has 66 ratings and 13 reviews. Hadrian said: The Golden Peaches of Samarkand is charming encyclopedic study of the. The Golden Peaches of Samarkand: A Study of T’ang Exotics. Edward H. Schafer (Author). In the seventh century the kingdom of Samarkand sent formal gifts of. The Golden Peaches of Samarkand; A Study of T’ang Exotics. By Edward H. Schafer. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, xiii,
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So I had to struggle to read this book. What kind of fruit these golden peaches really were cannot now be guessed, but they have the glamour of mystery, and they symbolize all the exotic things longed for, and unknown things hoped for, by the people of the T’ang empire. He then became a professor of Samarrkand there and remained at Berkeley until hi An American sinologist and a noted expert on the Tang dynasty.
William Kirkland rated it really liked it Dec 06, I have to admit, this is a very niche topic. It then proceeds to talk about where these items came from, who presented them, what This book took me several years to read.
The Golden Peaches of Samarkand: A Study of T’ang Exotics by Edward H. Schafer
Dec 22, Bryn Hammond rated it liked it Shelves: A lot can be learned from this information about the upper class, it’s sort of a reverse idea to the “everyday life” books. Ethnic Identity in Tang China.
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Unless it was an area I had particular interest in I have to admit I did skip much of the later descriptions. Sakura Tsukikage rated it it was amazing Nov 04, Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: What kind of fruit these golden peaches really were cannot now be guessed, but they have the glamour of mystery, and they symbolize Each chapter is devoted to a different aspect of culture, metals, clothing, jewels, food, books, animals, etc.
Aug 21, Mel rated it really liked it Shelves: Paperbackpages. The Golden Peaches of Samarkand: Schafer navigates an impressive list of sources, and an understanding of the subtle arguments which make up points of translation.
It also seemed to be going to great lengths to point out how much China was influenced by it’s neighbors, and how it was the neighbors who seemed to have all the really great things.
This is a book that, well, describes stuff Email required Address never made public. The first chapter, “The Glory of the Tang” was in itself simply amazing and may be worth getting the book for just in itself.
This famous book is a bit spoilt for me by his uncritical quotation of the Chinese on the Uighurs. Jul 08, carly rated it really liked it. Schafer Limited preview – Still it will make for good reference, as it did contain a huge amount of information, about all sorts of things. Into the land during the three centuries of T’ang came the natives of almost every nation of Asia, gollden bringing exotic wares samaekand as gifts or as goods to be sold.
But this book manages to play The Golden Peaches of Samarkand is charming encyclopedic study of the material culture and aesthetic trends of the Tang Dynasty. About the Book In the seventh century the kingdom of Samarkand sent formal gifts of fancy yellow peaches, large as goose eggs and with a color like gold, to the Chinese court at Ch’ang-an.
At times it felt like I was reading a role-playing product and not asmarkand history book. Account Options Sign in.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Each chapter contained a small overview of the subject being discussed before going into detail about each item. Refresh and try again. You are commenting using your Twitter account. A study of Tang exotics by Edward H.
This book examines the exotics imported into China during the T’ang Dynasty A. No trivia or quizzes asmarkand.
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Books by Edward H. There were golddn of really interesting bits scattered throught the text, particularly about Empress Wu, and religious practices. Feb 10, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving….
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The book is concerned primarily with the exotic items given to the dynasty as tributes from the surrounding nations. This book is not a statistical record of commercial imports and medieval trade, but rather a “humanistic essay, however material its subject matter.
For example, one of the items was narcissus plants. Now this book was written before Orientalism and the questions of exoticizing everything that isn’t in Western Europe goldeen just from the view of the historian.
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