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Open Empire : A History of China to 1600

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9780393973747

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Pub. Date:
3/17/2000
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W W NORTON
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Summary

The Open Empire presents a fresh approach to Chinese history in the premodern period, drawing on stunning evidence from recent archaeological finds and exciting currents in scholarship. Departing from the dynastic structure typical of other histories, Valerie Hansen charts the broad social changes that transcend the artificial chronological boundaries of dynasties, enriching her narrative with discussions of everyday life in the distant past. Peopling the pages are nobles, peasants, women, students, writers, and rebels--all offering their own distinct and colorful perspective. Illuminating the many ways in which Chinese society has been influenced by foreign cultures, The Open Empire depicts China as a country with a dynamic, open history.

Author Biography

Valerie Hansen is professor of history at Yale University.

Table of Contents

Maps
xi
Acknowledgments xiii
The Use of Pinyin xvii
Introduction 3(1)
The Goals of this Book
3(2)
The Model of the Dynastic Cycle
5(1)
Archeological Sources
6(2)
Literary Sources: The Use of Fiction
8(1)
Artistic Sources: What Paintings Reveal
9(1)
Structure of the Book
10(5)
PART I: INVENTING CHINA (ca. 1200 B.C.--A.D. 200) 15(136)
The Beginnings of the Written Record (CA. 1200 B.C.--77 I B.C.)
17(38)
Dragon Bone Soup and Early Chinese Writing
20(8)
The Discoveries at Anyang
28(8)
Shang Relations with Other States
36(6)
The Zhou Conquest of the Shang
42(13)
The Age of the Warrior and the Thinker: Double Ears and Confucius (770 B.C.--221 B.C.)
55(42)
The Commentary of Mr. Zuo and the Society It Describes
57(10)
The World of Confucius
67(12)
A World Breaking Apart: The Differences among Confucius's Disciples
79(18)
The Creation of Empire (221 B.C.--A.D. 200)
97(54)
The Legalist State
100(12)
The Founding of the Han Dynasty
112(5)
The World of the Regional Rulers: The Mawangdui Finds
117(9)
The Han Dynasty under Emperor Wu
126(4)
Economic Problems during the Han Dynasty
130(5)
The Restoration of the Later Han
135(9)
The Rise of the Organized Daoist Church
144(7)
PART II: FACING WEST (A.D. 200--1000) 151(108)
China's Religious Landscape (200--600)
153(38)
The First Buddhists in China
155(8)
Buddhism in Central Asia: The Example of the Kucha Kingdom
163(7)
Contact between India and China
170(5)
The Northern Wei Dynasty (386--534)
175(10)
Religious Life in South China
185(6)
China's Golden Age (589--755)
191(30)
How the Sui Dynasty Brought the Empire Together
192(4)
The Fall of the Sui Dynasty and the Founding of the Tang
196(7)
Daily Life in the Capital
203(10)
Daily Life in Rural Areas
213(8)
The An Lushan Rebellion and Its Aftermath (755--960)
221(38)
The An Lushan Rebellion
221(24)
The Discovery of the Library Cave at Dunhuang
245(4)
Dunhuang in the Years after 755
249(10)
PART III: FACING NORTH (1000--1600) 259(150)
Coming to Terms with Money: The Song Dynasty (960--1276)
261(38)
The First Commercial Revolution and Its Effects
261(4)
The Founding of the Song
265(4)
The New Policies: Supporters and Opponents
269(11)
Remembering the North
280(9)
Life under the Southern Song (1127--1276)
289(10)
The Northern Dynasties: Non-Chinese Rule in North China (907--1215)
299(36)
The Khitans
300(15)
The Rise of the Jurchen
315(5)
Jin Rule after the 1141 Peace with the South
320(6)
Scholarly Culture under the Jin
326(5)
The Division of North and South
331(4)
The Mongols (CA. 1200--1368)
335(34)
The Origins of the Mongol Confederation
336(6)
Western Visitors to the Khan's Court
342(5)
The Mongol Conquest of South China
347(12)
Zhao Mengfu and the Art of Heightened Expressiveness
359(6)
The Fall of the Mongols
365(4)
Continuing the War against the Mongols: the Ming Dynasty (1368--1644)
369(40)
The Ming Founder and the System He Designed
371(5)
The Voyages of the Yongle Emperor
376(11)
Social Change under the Ming
387(18)
The Second Commercial Revolution of the Ming Dynasty
405(4)
Epilogue 409(6)
Notes 415(12)
Suggestions for Further Reading 427(10)
Acknowledgments and Credits 437(4)
Index 441


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