The Cambridge History of China: Volume 1, The Ch'in and Han Empires, 221 BC-AD 220

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Cambridge University Press, 1978 - 1024 sidor
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This volume begins the historical coverage of The Cambridge History of China with the establishment of the Ch'in empire in 221 BC and ends with the abdication of the last Han emperor in AD 220. Spanning four centuries, this period witnessed major evolutionary changes in almost every aspect of China's development, being particularly notable for the emergence and growth of a centralized administration and imperial government. Leading historians from Asia, Europe, and America have contributed chapters that convey a realistic impression of significant political, economic, intellectual, religious, and social developments, and of the contacts that the Chinese made with other peoples at this time. As the book is intended for the general reader as well as the specialist, technical details are given in both Chinese terms and English equivalents. References lead to primary sources and their translations and to secondary writings in European languages as well as Chinese and Japanese.
 

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The state and empire of Chin
1
by Michael Loewe University of Cambridge
2
The structure and practice of government
7
The concept of sovereignty
13
The state and empire of Chin
20
х CONTENTS
94
The Former Han dynasty
103
Wang Mang the restoration of the Han dynasty
223
Chin and Han law
520
The economic and social history of Former Han
545
The economic and social history of Later Han
608
The religious and intellectual background
649
The concept of sovereignty
726
The development of the Confucian schools
747
Confucian Legalist and Taoist thought in Later Han
766
Philosophy and religion from Han to Sui
808

The conduct of government and the issues at stake
291
The fall of Han
317
Han foreign relations
377
The structure and practice of government
463
The institutions of Later Han
491
Postscript to Chapter 16
873
Bibliography
879
Glossaryindex
921
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Om författaren (1978)

Born in South Dakota, John King Fairbank attended local public schools for his early education. From there he went on first to Exeter, then the University of Wisconsin, and ultimately to Harvard, from which he received his B.A. degree summa cum laude in 1929. That year he traveled to Britain as a Rhodes Scholar. In 1932 he went to China as a teacher and after extensive travel there received his Ph.D. from Oxford University in 1936. Between 1941 and 1946, he was in government service---as a member of the Office of Strategic Services, as special assistant to the U.S. ambassador to China, and finally as director of the U.S. Information Service in China. Excepting those years, beginning in 1936, Fairbank spent his entire career at Harvard University, where he served in many positions, including Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and director of Harvard's East Asian Research Center. Fairbank, who came to be considered one of the world's foremost authorities on modern Chinese history and Asian-West relations, was committed to reestablishing diplomatic and cultural relations with China. He was also committed to the idea that Americans had to become more conversant with Asian cultures and languages. In his leadership positions at Harvard and as president of the Association for Asian Studies and the American Historical Association, he sought to broaden the bases of expertise about Asia. At the same time, he wrote fluidly and accessibly, concentrating his work on the nineteenth century and emphasizing the relationship between China and the West. At the same time, his writings placed twentieth-century China within the context of a changed and changing global order. It was precisely this understanding that led him to emphasize the reestablishment of American links with China. More than anyone else, Fairbank helped create the modern fields of Chinese and Asian studies in America. His influence on American understanding of China and Asia has been profound.

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