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China in the Early Bronze Age Shang Civilization

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ISBN-10: 0812239105

ISBN-13: 9780812239102

Edition: 2006

Authors: Robert L. Thorp

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One of the great breakthroughs in Chinese studies in the early twentieth century was the archaeological identification of the earliest, fully historical dynasty of kings, the Shang (ca. 1300-1050 B.C.E.). The last fifty years have seen major advances in all areas of Chinese archaeology, but recent studies of the Shang, their ancestors, and their contemporaries have been especially rich. Since the last English-language overview of Shang civilization appeared in 1980, the pace of discovery has quickened. China in the Early Bronze Age: Shang Civilization is the first work in twenty-five years to synthesize current knowledge of the Shang for everyone interested in the origins of Chinese…    
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Book details

List price: $69.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 11/14/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

List of Illustrations
A Note on Documentation
Cultural Setting: The Longshan Age
Dawn of the Bronze Age: The Erlitou Culture
The Erlitou Site
The Material World: Bronze and Jade
Contemporary Cultures and Interaction
The Search for the Xia
Foundations of the Bronze Age: The Erligang Culture
A Network of Sites
Technologies of Power and Prestige
Erligang Society: Material Evidence
Erligang and the Regions
The Shang Kings at Anyang
Exploration of Yinxu
"Great Settlement Shang"
Elite Crafts
Shang Cult: Divination and Sacrifice
Oracle-Bone Divination
Ritual Spaces and Sacrifice Ritual
Bronze Ritual Vessels
Inscriptions and Social Relations
The Late Shang World
The View from Yinxu
Exchange Relations: Resources and Products
Cause and Effect: Debts to Shang
Afterword: The Invention of Chinese Civilization
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