Rome and China: Comparative Perspectives on Ancient World Empires

Rome and China: Comparative Perspectives on Ancient World Empires

by Walter Scheidel
     
 

This volume which brings together experts in the history of the ancient Mediterranean and early China, makes a first step in this direction by presenting a series of comparative case studies on clearly defined aspects of state formation in early eastern and western Eurasia, focusing on the process of initial developmental convergence. It includes a general… See more details below

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This volume which brings together experts in the history of the ancient Mediterranean and early China, makes a first step in this direction by presenting a series of comparative case studies on clearly defined aspects of state formation in early eastern and western Eurasia, focusing on the process of initial developmental convergence. It includes a general introduction that makes the case for a comparative approach, a broad sketch of the character of state formation in western and eastern Eurasia during the final millennium of antiquity, and six thematically connected case studies of particularly salient aspects of this process.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195336900
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2009
Series:
Oxford Studies in Early Empires Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Chronology

Introduction Walter Scheidel Scheidel, Walter 3

1 From the "Great Convergence" to the "First Great Divergence": Roman and Qin-Han State Formation and Its Aftermath Walter Scheidel Scheidel, Walter 11

2 War,State Formation, and the Evolution of Military Institutions in Ancient China and Rome Nathan Rosenstein Rosenstein, Nathan 24

3 Lawand Punishment in the Formation of Empire Karen Turner Turner, Karen 52

4 Eunuchs, Women, and Imperial Courts Maria H. Dettenhofer Dettenhofer, Maria H. 83

5 Commanding and Consuming the World: Empire, Tribute, and Trade in Roman and Chinese History Peter Fibiger Bang Bang, Peter Fibiger 100

6 Gift Circulation and Charity in the Han and Roman Empires Mark Edward Lewis Lewis, Mark Edward 121

7 The Monetary Systems of the Han and Roman Empires Walter Scheidel Scheidel, Walter 137

Bibliography 209

Index 229

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