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The Early Chinese Empires: Qin And Han

ISBN 9780674024779
REGISTERED: 05/18/19
UPDATED: 05/13/21
The Early Chinese Empires: Qin And Han
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In 221 bc the First Emperor of Qin unified the lands that would become the heart of a Chinese empire

  • The Early Chinese Empires: Qin And Han available on May 13 2021 from Indigo for 43.5
  • ISBN bar code 9780674024779 ξ4 registered July 13 2015
  • ISBN bar code 9780674024779 ξ3 registered March 14 2015
  • ISBN bar code 9780674024779 ξ2 registered April 22 2012
  • ISBN bar code 9780674024779 ξ1 registered April 22 2012
  • Product category is Book

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Though forged by conquest, this vast domain depended for its political survival on a fundamental reshaping of Chinese culture. With this informative book, we are present at the creation of an ancient imperial order whose major features would endure for two millennia. The Qin and Han constitute the classical period of Chinese history--a role played by the Greeks and Romans in the West. Mark Edward Lewis highlights the key challenges faced by the court officials and scholars who set about governing an empire of such scale and diversity of peoples. He traces the drastic measures taken to transcend, without eliminating, these regional differences: the invention of the emperor as the divine embodiment of the state; the establishment of a common script for communication and a state-sponsored canon for the propagation of Confucian ideals; the flourishing of the great families, whose domination of local society rested on wealth, landholding, and elaborate kinship structures; the demilitarization of the interior; and the impact of non-Chinese warrior-nomads in setting the boundaries of an emerging Chinese identity. The first of a six-volume series on the history of imperial China, The Early Chinese Empires illuminates many formative events in China''s long history of imperialism--events whose residual influence can still be discerned today.

    ^ (2012). The Early Chinese Empires: Qin and Han, Belknap Press. (revised May 2012)
    ^ (2012). The Early Chinese Empires: Qin and Han, Belknap Press. (revised May 2012)
    ^ The Early Chinese Empires : Qin and Han by Mark Edward Lewis (2007, Hardcover) (revised Apr 2015)
    ^ The Early Chinese Empires: Qin And Han Indigo. (revised May 2021)

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