Review by Choice Review

Like other volumes of The Cambridge History of China (e.g., v.1: CH, Oct'87), volume 6 provides a synthesis of a major period with each chapter written by a leading specialist. To set the stage, the editors have added a most helpful 42-page introduction. Bibliographic essays are appended to assist further study and research. The body of the volume begins with one chapter each on the Hsi Hsia, the Liao, and the Chin, alien regimes in the North that fell to the Mongols. The remaining six chapters deal with the Mongols and their Y"uan Dynasty, the first to bring all China under foreign rule. Along with narratives of political and military events, there are discussions of major institutions and of ethnic, social, economic, and religious policies. Cultural developments are noted but not discussed in depth. No work of such scope can ever be perfect, but, overall, this is a sound survey as well as an indispensable starting point for serious students or researchers. Upper-division undergraduates and above. C. Schirokauer; Columbia University

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