China between Empires

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - History - 350 pages
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After the collapse of the Han dynasty in the third century CE, China divided along a north-south line. This book traces the changes that both underlay and resulted from this split in a period that saw the geographic redefinition of China, more engagement with the outside world, significant changes to family life, developments in the literary and social arenas, and the introduction of new religions.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Geography of North and South China
6
2 The Rise of the Great Families
28
3 Military Dynasticism
54
4 Urban Transformation
86
5 Rural Life
118
6 China and the Outer World
144
7 Redefining Kinship
170
9 Writing
221
Conclusion
248
Dates and Dynasties
261
Pronunciation Guide
265
Notes
267
Bibliography
299
Acknowledgments
325
Index
327

8 Daoism and Buddhism
196

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