The Early Chinese Empires

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - History - 333 pages
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In 221 B.C. the First Emperor of Qin unified what would become the heart of a Chinese empire whose major features would endure for two millennia. In the first of a six-volume series on the history of imperial China, Lewis highlights the key challenges facing the court officials and scholars who set about governing an empire of such scale and diversity.
 

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Like all this series, it has an overview of political history, but more on social history and in this case, religious/philosophical history. Very interesting on the development of Chinese religious ... Read full review

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"The Early Chinese Empires: Qin and Han" by Mark Edward Lewis. Pub. 2007, 251 pp. This is the first volume in the six-volume History of Imperial China series published by Harvard University Press; it ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Geography of Empire
5
2 A State Organized for War
30
3 The Paradoxes of Empire
51
4 Imperial Cities
75
5 Rural Society
102
6 The Outer World
128
7 Kinship
155
9 Literature
206
10 Law
227
Conclusion
253
Dates and Usage
267
Acknowledgments
270
Notes
271
Bibliography
292
Index
309

8 Religion
178

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Mark Edward Lewis is Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in Chinese Culture at Stanford University.

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