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
Cambridge University Press, Mar 13, 1999 - History - 1148 pages
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The Cambridge History of Ancient China provides a survey of the cultural, intellectual, political, and institutional developments of the pre-imperial period. The four subperiods of Shang, Western Zhou, Spring and Autumn and Warring States, are described on the basis of literary and material sources and the evidence of recently found manuscripts. Chapters on the prehistoric background, the growth of language, and relations with the peoples of Central Asia provide the major context of China's achievements in the 1,500 years under review. The teachings of China's early masters are set alongside what is known of the methods of astonomers, physicians and diviners. A final chapter leads the reader forward to imperial times, as described in the volumes of The Cambridge History of China.
 

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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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Excelent, Nice Book.

Contents

Introduction
1
CONTENTS
15
Calendar and Chronology
19
Reign dates
25
by Edward L Shaughnessy University of Chicago
30
China on the Eve of the Historical Period
37
Principal types of Shang and Zhou bronze vessels xxii
40
Longshan culture site
61
accompanying burials at Rujiazhuang Baoji Shaanxi
420
tomb Mi Rujiazhuang Baoji Shannxi
429
set from the tomb b and rubbings from some of
436
Shanxi
444
Conclusion
446
Zhejiang
456
Henan
467
The Spring and Autumn Period
545

Language and Writing
74
Shang Archaeology
124
2 and the mold used to cast it
143
Bronze Industry 139 The Archaeological Record
155
elephant said to be from Changsha
211
Chinas First Historical Dynasty
232
Xiaotun Anyang 259
259
Wuguancun Anyang
265
Western Zhou History
292
Shaanxi
373
Shaanxi and b tomb M2 at Baicaopo Lingtai Gansu
401
Political History
587
The Art and Architecture of the Warring States Period
651
Art and Architecture for the Dead
707
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
xiii
1034
Index
1113
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