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China And The Outer World

China taught the world and China learned from it. Through the centuries China’s influence on it’s neighbours-particularly Japan, Korea and Tibet was incalculable, and its contributions to world civilization ranged from mechanical clocks and fireworks to porcelain and poetry. In turn it owed much of its own richness and diversity in medieval times to fruitful [...]

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The Art of Printing in Ancient China

One of China’s most important contributions to civilization was the invention of printing, a revolutionary development that took place in the Eighth Century, some 700 years before it appeared in Europe. Made possible by two other Chinese inventions, paper and ink, printing was at first largely confined to copying Buddhist scriptures. But within 200 years [...]

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Discoveries and Inventions in Ancient China

The men of Ancient China searched earth and sky to discover the truth about the world and its work­ings, yet they would have been baffled by the idea of “pure science.” They did not probe the unknown for whatever unsuspected truths might still lie hidden there. They did not carry out experiments uncommitted to specific [...]

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The Language Of Painting In Ancient China

The painters of Ancient China, swiftly brushing ink and watercolours on silk, were not content merely to imitate nature. They set themselves a more elusive and challenging goal: to capture the spirit as well as the form of their subjects. According to the influential Fifth Century art critic, Hsieh Ho, a painter needed to fulfil [...]

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