1st Edition

Capital Cities and Urban Form in Pre-modern China Luoyang, 1038 BCE to 938 CE

By Victor Xiong Copyright 2017
    308 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    308 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Luoyang, situated in present-day Henan province, was one of the great urban centres of pre-Qin and early imperial China, the favoured site for dynastic capitals for almost two millennia. This book, the first in any Western language on the subject, traces the rise and fall of the six different capital cities in the region which served eleven different dynasties from the Western Zhou dynasty, when the first capital city made its appearance in Luoyang, to the great Tang dynasty, when Luoyang experienced a golden age. It examines the political histories of these cities, explores continuity and change in urban form with a particular focus on city layouts and landmark buildings, and discusses the roles of religions, especially Buddhism, and illustrious city residents. Overall the book provides an accessible survey of a broad sweep of premodern Chinese urban history.


    1. Genesis: From Luoyi to Wangcheng

    2. Eastern Han Luoyang: The Imperial Capital

    3. Towards a National Metropolis: Cao-Wei and Western Jin Luoyang

    4. Rebirth and Destruction: Northern Wei Luoyang

    5. The Sui Eastern Capital

    6. Tang Luoyang I: A Historical Perspective

    7. Tang Luoyang II: Physical Characteristics

    8. Tang Luoyang III: The Inhabitants

    9. Epilogue


    Victor Cunrui Xiong is a Professor in the Department of History at Western Michigan University, US.