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The Construction of Space in Early China

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Overview

Shows how the emerging Chinese empire purposely reconceived but was also constrained by basic spatial units such as the body, the household, the region, and the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791466087
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Series: SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 498
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Edward Lewis is Kwoh-ting Li Professor of Chinese Culture at Stanford University and the author of Writing and Authority in Early China, also published by SUNY Press.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Units of Spatial Order
The Empire and the Reconstruction of Space

1. The Human Body

Discovery of the Body in the Fourth Century b.c.
The Composite Body
Interfaces of the Body
Conclusion

2. The Household

Households as Political Units
Households as Residential Units
Households as Units of Larger Networks
The Household Divided
Household and Tomb
Conclusion

3. Cities and Capitals

The World of the City-States
Cities of the Warring States and Early Empires
Invention of the Imperial Capital
Conclusion

4. Regions and Customs

The Warring States Philosophical Critique of Custom
Custom and Region
Regions and the Great Families
Regional and Local Cults
Rhapsodies on Regions
Conclusion

5. World and Cosmos

Grids and Magic Squares
The Bright Hall and Ruler-Centered Models
Mirrors, Diviner’s Boards, and Other Cosmic Charts
Mountains and World Models
Conclusion

Conclusion

Notes
Works Cited
Index

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