China during the Tang-Song Interregnum, 878–978
New Approaches to the Southern Kingdoms
This book challenges the long-established structure of Chinese history around dynasties, adopting a more "organic" approach which emphasises cultural and economic trends that transcend arbitrary dynastic boundaries. It argues that with the collapse of the Tang court and northern control over the holistic empire in the last decades of the ninth century, the now-autonomous kingdoms that filled the political vacuum in the south responded with a burst of innovative energy that helped set the stage for the economic and cultural transformations of the following Song dynasty. Moreover, it argues that these transformations and this economic and cultural innovation deeply affected the subsequent model of holistic empire which continues right up to the present and that therefore the interregnum century of division left a critically important legacy.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Semi-Colonization Under the Tang: Setting the Stage for the Independent South 3. Politics in the Age of Division: North South Relations and Interstate Negotiation 4. The Economies of the South 5. The Social and Cultural Initiatives of the South 6. Steps Toward Restoration of the Holistic Empire 7. The Legacy of the Interregnum 8. Conclusions: The Holistic Legacy
Hugh R. Clark is Professor Emeritus of History and East Asian Studies at Ursinus College, Pennsylvania