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    DescriptionThis six-volume series traces the history of imperial China from the beginnings of unification under the Qin emperor in the third century BCE to the end of the Qing dynasty in the early twentieth century. Each book covers a broad range of topics at a concise length and is grounded in the latest scholarship. This is an essential series for everyone interested in Chinese history and culture. 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. Despite the romantic aura attached to the Tang, it was not a time of unending peace. In 756, General An Lushan led a revolt that shook the country to its core, weakening the government to such a degree that by the early tenth century, regional war-lordism gripped many areas, heralding the decline of the Great Tang.

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    China's Cosmopolitan Empire
    The Tang Dynasty
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Edward Lewis, General editor Timothy Brook
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 708 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674033061
    ISBN 10: 067403306X

    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
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3F
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 68
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 46
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: 1FPC, 3F
    DC22: 951/.017, 951.017
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: DS749.3 .L47 2009
    BISAC region code:
    Thema V1.0: NHF
    Illustrations note
    24 illustrations, 17 maps
    Imprint name
    The Belknap Press
    Publication date
    30 June 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Mark Edward Lewis is Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in Chinese Culture at Stanford University and the author of The Early Chinese Empires and China between Empires (both from Harvard).
    Review quote
    "The series will become the new gold standard." - Library Journal (starred review)"
    Table of contents
    * Introduction * The Geography of Empire * From Foundation to Rebellion * Warlords and Monopolists * Urban Life * Rural Society * The Outer World * Kinship * Religion * Writing * Conclusion * Dates and Dynasties * Pronunciation Guide * Notes * Bibliography * Acknowledgments * Index