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    Cosmology and Political Culture in Early China (Cambridge Studies in Chinese History, Literature, and Institutions) (Paperback) By (author) Aihe Wang, Series edited by Patrick Hannan, Series edited by Denis Twitchett

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    DescriptionThis radical reinterpretation of the formative stages of Chinese culture and history traces the central role played by cosmology in the formation of China's early empires. It crosses the disciplines of history, social anthropology, archaeology and philosophy to illustrate how cosmological systems, particularly the Five Elements, shaped political culture. By focusing on dynamic change in early cosmology, the book undermines the notion that Chinese cosmology was homogeneous and unchanging. By arguing that cosmology was intrinsic to power relations, it also challenges prevailing theories of political and intellectual history.

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    Cosmology and Political Culture in Early China
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Aihe Wang, Series edited by Patrick Hannan, Series edited by Denis Twitchett
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    ISBN 13: 9780521027496
    ISBN 10: 0521027497

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA, HBJF, JHM
    Libri: I-HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    LC classification: D
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES
    Abridged Dewey: 909
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: PHI003000, HIS002000
    BIC subject category V2: 1FPC
    DC22: 181.11
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 951.01
    LC classification: BD518.C5 W29 2000
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, NHF, NHC
    Illustrations note
    15 b/w illus. 2 maps 10 tables
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    02 November 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Review quote
    "...an ambitious reexamination of the origins and development of Wuxing...it brilliantly clarifies this central component of traditional Chinese imperial statecraft as it was forged in the hands of Confucian ideologues throughout the duration of the Han dynasty." The Journal of Religion "This is an excellent book, valuable for its deft use of previous scholarship to describe the interaction of politics and religion. Cosmology and Political Culture in Early China succeeds both as an attack on essentialism and as a description of relationships between political ideals and cosmologies in pre-imperial and early imperial times. It clearly conveys its central message that Chinese cosmology changed over time in conjunction with political changes...Wang provides the most elegant and accurate descriptions that have yet been offered in English of certain fundamental structures. For this reason alone this book should receive wide circulation." Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
    Table of contents
    List of illustrations; List of tables; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Sifang and the center: the cosmology of the ruling clan; 3. Wuxing: cosmology in historical transition; 4. Moralizing cosmology and transforming imperial sovereignty; 5. Contesting emperorship: the center of the cosmos and pivot of power; Conclusion: cosmology and power reconsidered; List of abbreviations; Works cited; Index.