Chinese Maps: Images of All under Heaven

Chinese Maps: Images of All under Heaven

by Richard Joseph Smith, Richard J. Smith
     
 
For nearly two thousand years, the Chinese Emperor proclaimed himself ruler of 'All Under Heaven'. In the eyes of the Chinese leaders, all the peoples of the known world were the Emperor's subjects, and the empire's boundaries stretched to the end of the earth. Maps were used to support this vision. Charts of foreign lands and images of the 'barbarians' that populated

Overview

For nearly two thousand years, the Chinese Emperor proclaimed himself ruler of 'All Under Heaven'. In the eyes of the Chinese leaders, all the peoples of the known world were the Emperor's subjects, and the empire's boundaries stretched to the end of the earth. Maps were used to support this vision. Charts of foreign lands and images of the 'barbarians' that populated them presented the world as the Chinese perceived it: with the Middle Kingdom as lord and other states as vassals paying tribute to it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195859492
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Series:
Images of Asia Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.42(d)

Meet the Author

Richard J. Smith is Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies at Rice University, Houston, Texas.

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