Reviews 77 Fu Xinian, Guo Daiheng, Liu Xujie, Pan Guxi, Qiao Yun, and Sun Dazhang. English text edited and expanded by Nancy S. Steinhardt. Chinese Architecture. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2002. xii, 366 pp. Hardcover $65.00, isbn 0300095597. Chinese architectural history is a relatively new discipline. Major works have been published by Western and Japanese explorers, architects, and sinologists only since the beginning of the twentieth century. The first comprehensive Chinese architectural history in a Western language was Chinesische architektur (Berlin: Verlag Ernst Wasmuth A-G, 1925) by von Ernst Boerschmann (18731949). This was followed by a more analytical study by D. G. Mirams, A Brief History of Chinese Architecture (Shanghai: Kelly and Walsh, 1940). Mirams' primary sources were works by Chinese researchers who had begun doing more systematic research on Chinese architecture in the late 1920s. Many, particularly Liang Sicheng and Liu Dunzhen, were key members of the Society for Research in Chinese Architecture and active between 1930 and 1945. They were instrumental in establishing Chinese architectural history as an objective, scientific discipline based on textual and material evidence interpreted through careful and rigorous scholarship. The authors contributing to Chinese Architecture, edited by Nancy S.
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jan 18, 2004
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