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China Between Empires: The Northern and Southern Dynasties (History of Imperial China)

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After the collapse of the Han dynasty in the third century CE, China divided along a north-south line. Mark Lewis traces the changes that both underlay and resulted from this split in a period that saw the geographic redefinition of China, more engagement with the outside world, significant changes to family life, developments in the literary and social arenas, and the introduction of new religions.

The Yangzi River valley arose as the rice-producing center of the country. Literature moved beyond the court and capital to depict local culture, and newly emerging social spaces included the garden, temple, salon, and country villa. The growth of self-defined genteel families expanded the notion of the elite, moving it away from the traditional great Han families identified mostly by material wealth. Trailing the rebel movements that toppled the Han, the new faiths of Daoism and Buddhism altered every aspect of life, including the state, kinship structures, and the economy.

By the time China was reunited by the Sui dynasty in 589 ce, the elite had been drawn into the state order, and imperial power had assumed a more transcendent nature. The Chinese were incorporated into a new world system in which they exchanged goods and ideas with states that shared a common Buddhist religion. The centuries between the Han and the Tang thus had a profound and permanent impact on the Chinese world.

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After the collapse of the Han dynasty in the third century CE, China divided along a north-south line. This book traces the changes that both underlay and resulted from this split in a period that saw the geographic redefinition of China, more engagement with the outside world, significant changes to family life, developments in the literary and social arenas, and the introduction of new religions.

About the Author

Mark Edward Lewisis Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in Chinese Culture, <>Stanford University.Timothy Brookis Professor of History at the <>University of British Columbia.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  1. The Geography of North and South China
  2. The Rise of the Great Families
  3. Military Dynasticism
  4. Urban Transformations
  5. Rural Life
  6. China and the Outer World
  7. Redefining Kinship
  8. Daosim and Buddhism
  9. Writing
  • Conclusion
  • Dates and Dynasties
  • Pronunciation Guide
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgements
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674060357
Author:
Lewis, Mark Edward
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Author:
Brook, Timothy
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
China
Subject:
World History - China
Subject:
HISTORY / Ancient/General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
History of Imperial China
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20090223
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 halftones, 16 maps
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Asia » China » Imperial to 1911
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Medieval
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History
History and Social Science » World History » China
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance

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"Synopsis" by , After the collapse of the Han dynasty in the third century CE, China divided along a north-south line. This book traces the changes that both underlay and resulted from this split in a period that saw the geographic redefinition of China, more engagement with the outside world, significant changes to family life, developments in the literary and social arenas, and the introduction of new religions.
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