China's Cosmopolitan Empire: The Tang Dynasty

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - History - 356 pages
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The Tang dynasty is often called China’s “golden age,” a period of commercial, religious, and cultural connections from Korea and Japan to the Persian Gulf, and a time of unsurpassed literary creativity. Mark Lewis captures a dynamic era in which the empire reached its greatest geographical extent under Chinese rule, painting and ceramic arts flourished, women played a major role both as rulers and in the economy, and China produced its finest lyric poets in Wang Wei, Li Bo, and Du Fu.

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Best read, I think, after one has some knowledge of Chinese history as it covers themes and ideas that become much more engaging if one can fit them into the larger picture. Two points: The ... Read full review

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

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