World’s Story Volume I: China, Japan and the Islands of the Pacific

This is the first volume of the 15-volume series of The World’s Story: a history of the World in story, song and art, edited by Eva March Tappan. Each book is a compilation of selections from prose literature, poetry and pictures and offers a comprehensive presentation of the world's history, art and culture, from the early times till the beginning of the 20th century. Topics in Part I include China, Korea, Japan and the Islands of the Pacific. - Summary by Sonia Cast list for The Sorrows of Han: Emperor: Nemo Lady/Princess: Eva Davis Attendant: ToddHW Envoy: SaraHale President of the Council: Tomas Peter Narrator: Sonia Cast list for Ribs and Skin: Rector: Nemo Curate: Eva Davis First Parishioner: Tomas Peter Second Parishioner: ToddHW Third Parishioner: SaraHale Narrator: Sonia

140 chapters
Palace of the Dalai Lama at Lhasa, Thibet, Photograph, Frontispice
Publisher's note
Introduction, by Eva March Tappan
China Part I: In the earliest days: historical note
Shun of Yu who controlled the floods, by Confucius
China Part II: Confucius and his age: historical note
The story of Confucius, by Rev. A. W. Loomis
A visit to a temple of Confucius, by Rev. A. W. Loomis
Some of the proverbs of Confucius
Manners and customs of Confucius's day, by Rev. William Speer
Mencius, by S. Wells Williams
A story of Mencius, by Unknown
Proverbs of Mencius
China Part III: Times of change and confusion: historical note
The strenuous reign of Hoang-Ti, by Rev. Charles Gützlaff
The rule of the Hans, by Rev. William Speer
Rakan feeding the hungry spirit, Chinese painting, p. 52
The three religions, by W. A. P. Martin
Dream and reality, a Buddhist story, by Chuang Tzu
Mulan, the maiden chief, by Unknown
The prodigal emperor Wang-Ti, by Rounsevelle Wildman
China Part IV: The Augustan age: historical note
Tai-Tsung the Good, by Rev. William Speer
The rule of the empress Wu, by S. Wells Williams
The founding of Han-Lin College, by Rev. William Speer
The binding of feet, by Rev. William Speer
Printing, by Rev. William Speer
China Part V: The coming of the Tartars: historical note
The Tartars and their customs, by Marco Polo
The Chinese theater, by Archibald Little
The sorrows of Han, by Unknown
Jenghiz Khan, the 'perfect warrior', by D. Petis de la Croix
Jenghiz Khan captures Peking, by D. Petis de la Croix
The dirge of Jenghiz Khan, by Unknown
China Part VI: Stories of the great Khan: historical note
The palace of the great Khan in Cambaluc (Peking), by Marco Polo
How the great Khan ate his dinner, by Marco Polo
How Kublai Khan went a-hunting, by Marco Polo
How the Khan sent his messages, by Marco Polo
The King's Messenger, by Chuang Tzu
The Polos teach the Khan how to capture a city, by Marco Polo
A Chinese city at the end of the thirteenth century, by Marco Polo
The Peking Observatory, photograph, p. 128
China Part VII: Chinese fables and tales: historical note
The boy philosopher, by Unknown
The elixir of life, by Unknown
The tiger and the monkey, by Unknown
Was he the only cheat?, by Unknown
The appeal of Lady Chang
The soul of the great bell, by Lafcadio Hearn
China Part VIII: The coming of the missionaries: historical note
An enterprising missionary, by John of Corvino
The woman with the cross, by Mendez Pinto
The worship of ancestors, by W. A. P. Martin
Teaching science to the emperor, by Père du Halde
The emperor and the musician, by Père du Halde
The man who was afraid of becoming a horse, by Père du Halde
How the bonzes got the ducks, by Père Le Comte
A visit to a Lama, by Père Gerbillon
China Part IX: The first two centuries of Manchu rule: historical note
The coming of the Kalmucks, by Thomas de Quincey
Chinese punishments, by Père du Halde
The temple of Heaven, Peking, photograph, p. 186
Why the Chinaman wears a queue, by William Elliot Griffis
How the Chinese received the first English ambassador, by Charles Gützlaff
Opium-eaters, by William Speer
A 'Boston tea-party' in China, by William Speer
What the Chinese thought about the English, by Unknown
How the 'Arrow War' began, by W. A. P. Martin
Receiving the yellow jacket, by A. Egmont Hake
China Part X: Language, schools, and examinations: historical note
The Mandarin language, by Père du Halde
How Chinese children learn to read, by Père du Halde
When I went to school in China, by Yan Phou Lee
A child's first lesson, by Unknown
Civil-service examinations in China, by W. A. P. Martin
Questions from a civil-service examination
China Part XI: In recent years: historical note
War between China and Japan, by W. A. P. Martin
The adventures of Yao Chen-Yuan
When the allies entered Pekin, by Pierre Loti
A diplomatic correspondence between the United States and China
The republic of China
Korea: historical note
A grain shop in Korea, photograph, p. 264
When Hideyoshi invaded Korea, by Homer B. Hulbert
Japan Part I: In ancient times: historical note
Jimmu Tenno, the first mikado of Japan, by William Elliot Griffis
The Japanese story-teller, by Sir Edwin Arnold
The fisher-boy Urashima, by Unknown
Social life in Kioto, by William Elliot Griffis
The story of Yoshitsune, by Yei Theodora Ozaki
Three Japanese poems, translated by Frederick Victor Dickins
The great Buddha of Kamakura, photograph, p. 318
Japan Part II: The rule of the Shoguns: historical note
The great Khan Kublai invades Japan, by Marco Polo
The coming of Will Adams to Japan, by Will Adams
Long spears or short spears, by Walter Dening
How a man became a god, by Lafcadio Hearn
Ribs and skin, by Unknown
How it would feel to be a Shinto god, by Lafcadio Hearn
Interior of a Japanese temple, photograph p. 368
Tadasuke, the Japanese Solomon, by Walter Dening
The sword of Japan, by Sir Edwin Arnold
Japan Part III: Some curious customs: historical note
A Japanese dinner party, by Sir Edwin Arnold
How Japanese ladies go shopping, by Alice M. Bacon
An incense party, by Sir Edwin Arnold
A Japanese house, by Basil Hall Chamberlain
Thinking out a garden, by Mortimer Menpes
A stone gateway, photograph p. 418
An artist in flowers, by Mortimer Menpes
How a Japanese paints, by Mortimer Menpes
How to talk politely in Japan, by Percival Lowell
Japan Part IV: The awakening of Japan: historical note
When Commodore Perry landed in Japan, by Francis L. Hawks
The president's letter, by Townsend Harris
The schools of old Japan, by Francis Ottiwell Adams
How to learn Japanese, by Rev. M. L. Gordon
The attack upon Port Arthur, by Lieutenant Tadayoshi Sakurai
Japan Part V: Little stories of Japan: historical note
Japanese politeness, by Mortimer Menpes
How the shopkeeper lost his queue, by Lafcadio Hearn
Fuji-Yama, photograph, p. 462
The cherry tree of the sixteenth day, by Lafcadio Hearn
Japanese children and their games, by Sir Edwin Arnold
Islands of the Pacific: historical note
The first Australian colonists, by W. H. Lang
Gold, gold, gold!, by W. H. Lang
The missionary and the cannibals, by Reginald Horsley
Hot-water basins, New Zealand, photograph, p. 502
The story of Pitcairn Island, by Anonymous
The last voyage of Captain Cook, by Charles C. B. Seymour
The vengeance of the goddess Pele, by Kalakaua
Father Damien, the missionary to the lepers, by John C. Lambert
A visit to Aguinaldo, by Edwin Wildman
Preparing our Moros for government, by R. L. Bullard
Baro Buddor, an ancient temple of Java, photograph, p. 562
Detail of temple at Bramabanan, photograph p. 562
A visit to a head-hunter of Borneo, by William Henry Furness, third