China’s Cosmopolitan Empire
Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - History - 356 pages
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - pbjwelch - LibraryThing
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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - thcson - LibraryThing
This is a well-written, concise introduction to the Tang dynasty. Its scope is quite broad, just like it was in the author's earlier book on the Qin and Han empires. The book resembles that earlier ... Read full review