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Author Lewis, Mark Edward, 1954-

Title China's cosmopolitan empire : the Tang dynasty / Mark Edward Lewis.

Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  951.017 L587c 2009    ---  Available
Description 356 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Series History of imperial China
History of imperial China.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [317]-340) and index.
Contents The geography of empire -- From foundation to rebellion -- Warlords and monopolists -- Urban life -- Rural society -- The outer world -- Kinship -- Religion -- Writing -- Conclusion.
Summary "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. The Chinese engaged in extensive trade on sea and land. Merchants from Inner Asia settled in the capital, while Chinese entrepreneurs set off for the wider world, the beginning of a global diaspora. The emergence of an economically and culturally dominant south that was controlled from a northern capital set a pattern for the rest of Chinese imperial history. Poems celebrated the glories of the capital, meditated on individual loneliness in its midst, and described heroic young men and beautiful women who filled city streets and bars."--Jacket.
Subject China -- History -- Tang dynasty, 618-907.
China -- Civilization.
Added Title Tang dynasty
ISBN 9780674033061 (alk. paper)
067403306X (alk. paper)

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