Open Empire A History of China to 1600

ISBN-10: 0393973743

ISBN-13: 9780393973747

Edition: 2000

Authors: Valerie Hansen

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Book details

Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/3/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

The Use of Pinyin
The Goals of this Book
The Model of the Dynastic Cycle
Archeological Sources
Literary Sources: The Use of Fiction
Artistic Sources: What Paintings Reveal
Structure of the Book
Inventing China (ca. 1200 B.C.--A.D. 200)
The Beginnings of the Written Record (CA. 1200 B.C.-771 B.C.)
Dragon Bone Soup and Early Chinese Writing
The Discoveries at Anyang
Shang Relations with Other States
The Zhou Conquest of the Shang
The Age of the Warrior and the Thinker: Double Ears and Confucius (770 B.C. - 221 B.C.)
The Commentary of Mr. Zuo and the Society It Describes
The World of Confucius
A World Breaking Apart: The Differences among Confucius's Disciples
The Creation of Empire (221 B.C. - A.D. 200)
The Legalist State
The Founding of the Han Dynasty
The World of the Regional Rulers: The Mawangdui Finds
The Han Dynasty under Emperor Wu
Economic Problems during the Han Dynasty
The Restoration of the Later Han
The Rise of the Organized Daoist Church
Facing West (A.D. 200-1000)
China's Religious Landscape (200-600)
The First Buddhists in China
Buddhism in Central Asia: The Example of the Kucha Kingdom
Contact between India and China
The Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534)
Religious Life in South China
China's Golden Age (589-755)
How the Sui Dynasty Brought the Empire Together
The Fall of the Sui Dynasty and the Founding of the Tang
Daily Life in the Capital
Daily Life in Rural Areas
The An Lushan Rebellion and Its Aftermath (755-960)
The An Lushan Rebellion
The Discovery of the Library Cave at Dunhuang
Dunhuang in the Years after 755
Facing North (1000-1600)
Coming to Terms with Money: The Song Dynasty (960-1276)
The First Commercial Revolution and Its Effects
The Founding of the Song
The New Policies: Supporters and Opponents
Remembering the North
Life under the Southern Song (1127-1276)
The Northern Dynasties: Non-Chinese Rule in North China (907-1215)
The Khitans
The Rise of the Jurchen
Jin Rule after the 1141 Peace with the South
Scholarly Culture under the Jin
The Division of North and South
The Mongols (CA. 1200-1368)
The Origins of the Mongol Confederation
Western Visitors to the Khan's Court
The Mongol Conquest of South China
Zhao Mengfu and the Art of Heightened Expressiveness
The Fall of the Mongols
Continuing the War Against the Mongols: The Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)
The Ming Founder and the System He Designed
The Voyages of the Yongle Emperor
Social Change under the Ming
The Second Commercial Revolution of the Ming Dynasty
Suggestions for Further Reading
Acknowledgments and Credits
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