Richly illustrated with historical images, spectacular contemporary photographs and objects from China’s foremost museums, this book takes a unique approach to this iconic monument.
The Great Wall of China is the world’s largest heritage structure. During the course of its history, the Great Wall – or rather the many long walls that constitute what we call the Great Wall – has undergone a remarkable transformation, evolving from a military barrier, built by successive dynasties over more than 2000 years, into a national icon and one of China’s most visited tourist destinations.
Divided into six themes – fame, form, foundations, forces, frontiers and facades – The Great Wall of China includes essays by authors from China, Australia and North America that explore the social, cultural, technological and architectural significance of the Great Wall; and six moving interviews with people living along the course of the Walls.
[Published in conjunction with The Great Wall of China exhibition, a joint project with the National Museum of China; and published in association with the China Heritage Project, ANU.]