Cosmology and Political Culture in Early China

Cosmology and Political Culture in Early China

by Aihe Wang
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521027497

ISBN-13: 9780521027496

Pub. Date: 03/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book offers a radical reinterpretation of the formative stages of Chinese culture and history, tracing the central role played by cosmology in the formation of China's early empires. It crosses the disciplines of history, social anthropology, archaeology, and philosophy to illustrate how cosmological systems, particularly the Five Elements, shaped political

Overview

This book offers a radical reinterpretation of the formative stages of Chinese culture and history, tracing the central role played by cosmology in the formation of China's early empires. It crosses the disciplines of history, social anthropology, archaeology, and philosophy to illustrate how cosmological systems, particularly the Five Elements, shaped political culture. By focusing on dynamic change in early cosmology, the book undermines the notion that Chinese cosmology was homogenous and unchanging. By arguing that cosmology was intrinsic to power relations, it also challenges prevailing theories of political and intellectual history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521027496
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Chinese History, Literature and Institutions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of tables; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Sifang and the center: the cosmology of the ruling clan; 3. Wuxing: cosmology in historical transition; 4. Moralizing cosmology and transforming imperial sovereignty; 5. Contesting emperorship: the center of the cosmos and pivot of power; Conclusion: cosmology and power reconsidered; List of abbreviations; Works cited; Index.

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