Culture and Power in the Reconstitution of the Chinese Realm, 200-600

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The period between the fall of the Han in 220 and the reunification of the Chinese realm in the late sixth century receives short shrift in most accounts of Chinese history. The period is usually characterized as one of disorder and dislocation, ethnic strife, and bloody court struggles. Its lone achievement, according to many accounts, is the introduction of Buddhism. In the eight essays of Culture and Power in the Reconstitution of the Chinese Realm, 200-600, the authors seek to chart the actual changes occurring in this period of disunion, and to show its relationship to what preceded and followed it.

This exploration of a neglected period in Chinese history addresses such diverse subjects as the era's economy, Daoism, Buddhist art, civil service examinations, forays into literary theory, and responses to its own history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674005235
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Series: Harvard East Asian Monographs Series , #200
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Pearce is Associate Professor of Chinese History, Western Washington University.

Audrey Spiro is an independent scholar specializing in Chinese art.

Patricia Buckley Ebrey is Professor of History and Chinese Studies at the University of Washington.

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Table of Contents

Maps and Figures
Dynastic Chronology
Introduction 1
1 Jiankang and the Commercial Empire of the Southern Dynasties: Change and Continuity in Medieval Chinese Economic History 35
2 To the Manner Born? Nature and Nurture in Early Medieval Chinese Literary Thought 53
3 A Dialogue with the Ancients: Tao Qian's Interrogation of Confucius 75
4 Civil Service Examinations: Evidence from the Northwest 99
5 Hybrid Vigor: Memory, Mimesis, and the Matching of Meanings in Fifth-Century Buddhist Art 125
6 Form and Matter: Archaizing Reform in Sixth-Century China 149
7 Lu Xiujing, Buddhism, and the First Daoist Canon 181
8 Culling the Weeds and Selecting Prime Blossoms: The Anthology in Early Medieval China 200
Notes 245
Index 335
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