The Cambridge History of Ancient China: From the Origins of Civilization to 221 BC

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Michael Loewe, Edward L. Shaughnessy
Cambridge University Press, Mar 13, 1999 - History - 1148 pages
The Cambridge History of Ancient China provides a survey of the cultural history of pre-imperial China. Fourteen leading specialists on early Chinese history and archaeology cover more than one thousand years. There are two chapters for each time-period - Shang, Western Zhou, Spring and Autumn, and Warring States: one on institutional history, based on both traditional and palaeographic literature, and one on material culture, based on archaeological evidence. There are also chapters on the Neolithic background, language, intellectual history, relations with Central Asia, and the debts of both the Qin and Han empires to these earlier time-periods. Although written by specialists, this Cambridge history aims to explain and describe pre-imperial China to an audience that will include scholars and students, as well as general readers without specialized knowledge of Chinese history. It can be consulted as a work of reference, or read continuously, alone or as part of The Cambridge History of China series.
 

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A wonderful, detailed survey of the history and archeology of ancient China up to 221 BC, the unification of China under the Qin. It's a tome - very academic, with (for example) a whole chapter ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Calendar and Chronology
19
Reign dates
24
The Environment of Ancient China
30
China on the Eve of the Historical Period
37
Mythology Chinas Origins and the Xia Dynasty
65
Language and Writing
89
The Chinese Script
106
The Philosophical Foundation of Zhou Rule
313
Western Zhou Archaeology
352
and inscription cd Feng zun vessel and inscription
363
tomb Mi Rujiazhuang Baoji Shannxi
429
Conclusion
446
Zhejiang
456
Xuecheng Tengzhou Shandong
504
at Xiasi Xichuan Henan
522

Shang Archaeology
127
The Archaeology of Bronze Metallurgy
136
Bronze gui from Panlongcheng Huangpi Hubei
150
The Early Bronze Age
158
burials
189
elephant said to be from Changsha
211
Chinas First Historical Dynasty
232
Chronology
240
Wuguancun Anyang
265
s Western Zhou History
292
The Spring and Autumn Period 545 8 The Spring and Autumn Period
545
Political History
587
The Art and Architecture of the Warring States Period
651
The Classical Philosophical Writings
745
Warring States Natural Philosophy and Occult Thought
813
The Northern Frontier in PreImperial China
885
The Heritage Left to the Empires
967
Bibliography
1033
Index III3
1045
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