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The Great Wall of China


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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.]

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Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 28 x 22 x 2.3 cm
SKU: MAAS-PUB-0021 Category:


Claire Roberts and Geremie R Barme (eds)


978 186317 121 2 (186317 121 5)

Date Of Publication



New South Books


Powerhouse Publishing

Book Format


Number Of Pages



Over 200 illustrations


280 x 220 mm