Routledge Handbook of Early Chinese History

Paul R. Goldin

May 14, 2018 by Routledge
Reference - 526 Pages - 107 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138775916 - CAT# Y166525

USD$240.00

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Redefines the discipline of Early Chinese history in light of new discoveries and research trends

Contributors include the heavyweights of the field

Frequent new archaeological discoveries are regenerating interest in early Chinese history

Summary

The study of early China has been radically transformed over the past fifty years by archaeological discoveries, including both textual and non-textual artefacts. Excavations of settlements and tombs have demonstrated that most people did not lead their lives in accordance with ritual canons, while previously unknown documents have shown that most received histories were written retrospectively by victors and present a correspondingly anachronistic perspective.

This handbook provides an authoritative survey of the major periods of Chinese history from the Neolithic era to the fall of the Latter Han Empire and the end of antiquity (AD 220). It is the first volume to include not only a comprehensive review of political history but also detailed treatments of topics that transcend particular historical periods, such as:

  • Warfare and political thought
  • Cities and agriculture
  • Language and art
  • Medicine and mathematics

Providing a detailed analysis of the most up-to-date research by leading scholars in the field of early Chinese history, this book will be useful to students and scholars of Chinese history, Asian archaeology, and Chinese studies in general.

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