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History of Imperial China #3: China's Cosmopolitan Empire: The Tang Dynasty

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The Tang dynasty is often called China's "golden age," a period of commercial, religious, and cultural connections from Korea and Japan to the Persian Gulf, and a time of unsurpassed literary creativity. Mark Lewis captures a dynamic era in which the empire reached its greatest geographical extent under Chinese rule, painting and ceramic arts flourished, women played a major role both as rulers and in the economy, and China produced its finest lyric poets in Wang Wei, Li Bo, and Du Fu.

The Chinese engaged in extensive trade on sea and land. Merchants from Inner Asia settled in the capital, while Chinese entrepreneurs set off for the wider world, the beginning of a global diaspora. The emergence of an economically and culturally dominant south that was controlled from a northern capital set a pattern for the rest of Chinese imperial history. Poems celebrated the glories of the capital, meditated on individual loneliness in its midst, and described heroic young men and beautiful women who filled city streets and bars.

Despite the romantic aura attached to the Tang, it was not a time of unending peace. In 756, General An Lushan led a revolt that shook the country to its core, weakening the government to such a degree that by the early tenth century, regional warlordism gripped many areas, heralding the decline of the Great Tang.

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The Tang dynasty is often called China's "golden age," a period of commercial, religious, and cultural connections from Korea and Japan to the Persian Gulf, and a time of unsurpassed literary creativity. Mark Lewis captures a dynamic era in which the empire reached its greatest geographical extent under Chinese rule, painting and ceramic arts flourished, women played a major role both as rulers and in the economy, and China produced its finest lyric poets in Wang Wei, Li Bo, and Du Fu.

About the Author

Mark Edward Lewis is Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in Chinese Culture at Stanford University.Timothy Brook is Professor of History and Republic of China Chair at the University of British Columbia.

University of British Columbia

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  1. The Geography of Empire
  2. From Foundation to Rebellion
  3. Warlords and Monopolists
  4. Urban Life
  5. Rural Society
  6. The Outer World
  7. Kinship
  8. Religion
  9. Writing
  • Conclusion
  • Dates and Dynasties
  • Pronunciation Guide
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674033061
Author:
Lewis, Mark Edward
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Editor:
Brook, Timothy
Author:
Brook, Timothy
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
History
Subject:
China
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
China History T°ang dynasty, 618-907.
Subject:
World History - China
Subject:
History - Medieval
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
History of Imperial China
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
June 2009
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 illustrations, 17 maps
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , The Tang dynasty is often called China's "golden age," a period of commercial, religious, and cultural connections from Korea and Japan to the Persian Gulf, and a time of unsurpassed literary creativity. Mark Lewis captures a dynamic era in which the empire reached its greatest geographical extent under Chinese rule, painting and ceramic arts flourished, women played a major role both as rulers and in the economy, and China produced its finest lyric poets in Wang Wei, Li Bo, and Du Fu.
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