The Origin of East Asian Medieval Capital Construction System
The Ancient City of Ye
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Ye is a historical Chinese city built in 659 BC and burned down to the ground in 580 AD. The book investigates the characteristics of the city’s layout and its deep influence on the urban construction in East Asia since the 6th century AD.
By studying archaeological findings and historical documents, the author illustrates the historical significance of Ye city, both as capital for six dynasties over 370 years in ancient Chinese history and as a paragon of an East Asian capital. Ye serves as an exemplary model for famous capitals in later dynasties of imperial China, such as Beijing and Xi’an. Its influence also extends to other East Asian counterparts, including Seoul in Korea, Kyoto in Japan and Hanoi in Vietnam. Comparing the archetypical structure of Ye city and the features of its East Asian descendants, the author encapsulates the lineage of capital city development across medieval East Asia and uncovers a philosophy of constriction that rests upon traditional Chinese thinking.
The book will be an essential read for scholars and general readers interested in East Asian heritage, urbanology and architecture, as well as a useful reference for urban planners willing to learn from historical experience.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Ye City's Rise as a Regional Center 3, Ye Capital of Cao Wei and Its Layout System 4. Identification of Cao Cao's Gao Mausoleum: Layout of the Ye Palace City 5. Changes and Destruction of the Ye City in the Wei and Jin Dynasties 6. Ye City's Revival in Later Zhao and Its Layout Design 7. Ye City's Prosperity in Former Yan and Its Later Decline in Later Dynasties 8. Epilogue: Influence of Ye City's Layout on Ancient Capitals in East Asia
Niu Runzhen is a professor in the School of History, at Renmin University of China. His fields of interest are History of Wei, Jin, and Southern and North Dynasties, and East Asia’s ancient capitals.