This book, first published in 1974, studies the historical development of China during the Western Han dynasty (202 BC-AD 9), a time of great intellectual, religious and political change. The struggle between Reformists and Modernists is analysed using texts contemporary to the time, and this struggle was a key point in Chinese history, leading as it did to enormous change, including to economics and foreign policy.
1. The Grand Beginning – 104 BC 2. The Case of Witchcraft in 91 BC 3. The Grand Inquest – 81 BC 4. The Fall of the House of Huo – 68-66 BC 5. K’uang Heng and the Reform of Religious Practices – 31 BC 6. The Office of Music – c. 114-7 BC 7. The Punishment of Chih-Chih – 36 BC 8. The Reign of Ai ti – 7-1 BC 9. The Support for Wang Mang – AD 9
This 11-volume set gathers together some key older titles on China’s history. Encompassing China’s political, economic, and cultural development, the books gathered here also deal with contacts with the West both ancient and modern.