The Medieval Chinese Oliogarchy

1st Edition

David C Johnson

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Published September 10, 2019
Reference - 296 Pages
ISBN 9780429047275 - CAT# KE73459

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Summary

Most modern scholars recognize that there were great differences between China's ruling elite in the middle and late traditional period; many have called the period up through the T'ang dynasty "aristocratic," in contrast to the more meritocratic and socially mobile age that followed. But until now there has been no serious effort to discover how the social elite was defined in medieval times, and who belonged to it. David Johnson discusses in detail medieval definitions of the social elite, and, with the help of several manuscripts of the ninth century, identifies the families that belonged to that class.

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