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    DescriptionAfter the collapse of the Han dynasty in the third century CE, China divided along a north-south line. Mark Lewis traces the changes that both underlay and resulted from this split in a period that saw the geographic redefinition of China, more engagement with the outside world, significant changes to family life, developments in the literary and social arenas, and the introduction of new religions.The Yangzi River valley arose as the rice-producing center of the country. Literature moved beyond the court and capital to depict local culture, and newly emerging social spaces included the garden, temple, salon, and country villa. The growth of self-defined genteel families expanded the notion of the elite, moving it away from the traditional great Han families identified mostly by material wealth. Trailing the rebel movements that toppled the Han, the new faiths of Daoism and Buddhism altered every aspect of life, including the state, kinship structures, and the economy.By the time China was reunited by the Sui dynasty in 589 CE, the elite had been drawn into the state order, and imperial power had assumed a more transcendent nature. The Chinese were incorporated into a new world system in which they exchanged goods and ideas with states that shared a common Buddhist religion. The centuries between the Han and the Tang thus had a profound and permanent impact on the Chinese world.


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    Title
    China Between Empires
    Subtitle
    The Northern and Southern Dynasties
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Edward Lewis, General editor Timothy Brook
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 658 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674026056
    ISBN 10: 0674026055
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC, HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 68
    DC22: 931/.04
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A15406030
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    DC22: 931.04, 951.1
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: DS748.17 .L49 2009
    Thema V1.0: NHF, NHC
    Illustrations note
    25 halftones, 16 maps
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    The Belknap Press
    Publication date
    23 February 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Mark Edward Lewis is Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in Chinese Culture, Stanford University, and author of The Early Chinese Empires: Qin and Han (Harvard).
    Review quote
    "This opening volume by Lewis foretells that the series will become the new gold standard, as the author explains in clear and telling detail how the Qin dynasty ruthlessly defeated a succession of rivals to unify briefly what we now call China in 221 BCE." - Library Journal"
    Table of contents
    * Introduction * The Geography of North and South China * The Rise of the Great Families * Military Dynasticism * Urban Transformations * Rural Life * China and the Outer World * Redefining Kinship * Daosim and Buddhism * Writing * Conclusion * Dates and Dynasties * Pronunciation Guide * Notes * Bibliography * Acknowledgements * Index