1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Imperial Chinese History

ISBN 9781138847286
Published October 2, 2018 by Routledge
364 Pages - 19 B/W Illustrations

USD $245.00

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Book Description

The resurgence of modern China has generated much interest, not only in the country’s present day activities, but also in its long history. As the only uninterrupted ancient civilization still alive today, the study of China’s past promises to offer invaluable insights into understanding contemporary China.

Providing coverage of the entire Imperial Era (221 BCE–1912 CE), this handbook takes a chronological approach. It includes comprehensive analysis of all major periods, from the powerful Han empire which rivalled Rome, and the crucial transformative period of the Five Dynasties, to the prosperous Ming era and the later dominance of the non-Han peoples. With contributions from a team of international authors, key themes include:

  • Political events and leadership
  • Religion and philosophy
  • Cultural and literary achievements
  • Legal, economic, and military institutions

This book transcends the traditional boundaries of historiography, giving special attention to the role of archaeology. As such, the Routledge Handbook of Imperial Chinese History is an indispensable reference work for students and scholars of Chinese, Asian, and World History.

Table of Contents


Part I: Early Imperial China (Qin–Five Dynasties) Section 1 The Qin-Han Empire

1. The Qin Dynasty, Charles Sanft

2. The Western Han, Liang CAI

3. The Eastern Han, Rafe de Crespigny 

Section 2 The Six Dynasties

4. The Three States (Three Kingdoms), Michael Farmer

5. The Jin and the Sixteen States, Kawamoto Yoshiaki

6. The Southern and Northern Dynasties, Andrew Chittick

Section 3 The Sui-Tang Empire and Five Dynasties

7. The Sui Dynasty, Victor Cunrui Xiong

8. The Tang Dynasty I (618-756), Seo Tatsuhiko 

9. The Tang Dynasty II (756–907), Antony DeBlasi

10. The Five Dynasties, Peter Lorge

Part II: Late Imperial China (Song–Qing) Section 4 The Age of Song, Liao, and Jin

11. The Northern Song, Yongguang HU

12. The Southern Song, Robert Foster

13. The Khitan-Liao and Jurchen-Jin, Valerie Hansen

Section 5 The Yuan and Ming Empires

14. The Yuan Dynasty, Michael Carl Brose

15. The Ming Dynasty (pre-1521), Peter Ditmanson

16. The Ming Dynasty (post-1521,) Harry Miller

17. Yuan-Ming Culture, Kenneth J. Hammond

Section 6 The Qing Empire

18. The Qing Dynasty (pre-1800), Yang-wen ZHENG

19. The Qing Dynasty (post-1800), Nancy Park

20. Qing Culture, Richard Smith

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Victor Cunrui Xiong is Professor of History at Western Michigan University, USA. His recent publications include From Peasant to Emperor: The Life of Liu Bang (2018) and Luoyang: A Study of Capital Cities and Urban Form in Premodern China, 1038 BCE to 938 CE (2016).

Kenneth J. Hammond is Professor of History at New Mexico State University, USA. His recent publications include The Sage Returns: Aspects of the Confucian Revival in Contemporary China (2014) and Pepper Mountain: The Life, Death and Posthumous Career of Yang Jisheng (2007).