Capital Cities and Urban Form in Pre-modern China: Luoyang, 1038 BCE to 938 CE

1st Edition

Victor Cunrui Xiong

Routledge
Published March 8, 2018
Reference - 304 Pages - 21 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138543324 - CAT# K375345
Series: Asian States and Empires

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Summary

Luoyang, situated in present-day Henan province, was one of the great urban centres of pre-Qin and early imperial China, the favoured site for dynastic capitals for almost two millennia. This book, the first in any Western language on the subject, traces the rise and fall of the six different capital cities in the region which served eleven different dynasties from the Western Zhou dynasty, when the first capital city made its appearance in Luoyang, to the great Tang dynasty, when Luoyang experienced a golden age. It examines the political histories of these cities, explores continuity and change in urban form with a particular focus on city layouts and landmark buildings, and discusses the roles of religions, especially Buddhism, and illustrious city residents. Overall the book provides an accessible survey of a broad sweep of premodern Chinese urban history.

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