Skip to content
Open global navigation

Cambridge University Press

AcademicLocation selectorSearch toggleMain navigation toggle
Cart
Register Sign in Wishlist

The Cambridge History of China

Volume 5. The Sung Dynasty and its Precursors, 907–1279

Part 1

$140.00

Part of The Cambridge History of China

Paul Jakov Smith, Naomi Standen, Hugh R. Clark, Lau Nap-yin, Huang K'uan-chung, Michael McGrath, Ari Daniel Levine, Tao Jing-shen, Gong Wei Ai, Richard L. Davis
View all contributors
  • Date Published: March 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521812481

$140.00
Hardback

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact collegesales@cambridge.org providing details of the course you are teaching.

Description
Product filter button
Description
Contents
Resources
About the Authors
  • This first of two volumes on the Sung Dynasty (960–1279) and its Five Dynasties and Southern Kingdoms precursors presents the political history of China from the fall of the T’ang Dynasty in 907 to the Mongol conquest of the Southern Sung in 1279. Its twelve chapters survey the personalities and events that marked the rise, consolidation, and demise of the Sung polity during an era of profound social, economic, and intellectual ferment. The authors place particular emphasis on the emergence of a politically conscious literati class during the Sung, characterized by the increasing importance of the examination system early in the dynasty and on the rise of the tao-hsueh (Neo-Confucian) movement toward the end. In addition, they highlight the destabilizing influence of factionalism and ministerial despotism on Sung political culture and the impact of the powerful steppe empires of the Khitan Liao, Tangut Hsi Hsia, Jurchen Chin, and Mongol Yüan on the shape and tempo of Sung dynastic events.

    • Much anticipated addition to the series
    • Most complete coverage of this time period published in any Western language
    • Up-to-date coverage of the political evolution of the Five Dynasties and Southern Kingdoms
    Read more

    Prizes

    • Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009

    Reviews & endorsements

    "This addition to the authoritative multivolume Cambridge History of China presents a chronological account broadly focused on the political and military history of a period of vast, deep, and irreversible change...Scholarly footnotes, 32 maps, and a 53-page bibliography offer guidance for further research...No serious student can afford to neglect this excellent starting point for research and reflection. In tandem with its forthcoming companion volume of topical essays, it testifies to the radical vigor of scholarship that during the last 50 years has radically changed and continues to transform scholarly understanding of these three and a half centuries. Indispensable to advanced students. Summing Up: Essential."
    --Choice

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity

    ×

    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?

    ×

    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521812481
    • length: 1128 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 59 mm
    • weight: 1.66kg
    • contains: 12 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    The Sung Dynasty and its precursors, 907–1279 Paul Jakov Smith
    1. The Five Dynasties Naomi Standen
    2. The Southern Kingdoms between the T'ang and the Sung 907–79 Hugh R. Clark
    3. Founding and consolidation of the Sung Dynasty under T'ai-tsu (960–76), T'ai-tsung (976–97), and Chen-tsung (997–1022) Lau Nap-yin and Huang K'uan-chung
    4. The reigns of Jen-tsung (1022–63) and Ying-tsung (1063–7) Michael McGrath
    5. Shen-Tsung's reign and the new policies of Wang An-Shih, 1067–85 Paul Jakov Smith
    6. Che-Tsung's reign (1085–1100) and the Age of Faction Ari Daniel Levine
    7. The reigns of Hui-Tsung (1100–26) and Ch'in-Tsung (1126–7) and the fall of the Northern Sung Ari Daniel Levine
    8. The move to the South and the reign of Kao-tsung (1127–62) Tao Jing-shen
    9. The reign of Hsiao-tsung (1162–89) Gong Wei Ai
    10. The reigns of Kuang-tsung (1189–94) and Ning-tsung (1194–1224) Richard L. Davis
    11. The reign of Li-tsung (1225–64) Richard L. Davis
    12. The reign of Tu-tsung (1264–74) and his successors to 1279 Richard L. Davis.

  • Editors

    Denis Twitchett
    The late Denis Twitchett was Gordon Wu Professor of Chinese Studies at Princeton University from 1980 to 1994. He was instrumental in conceiving and shaping the 15-volume Cambridge History of China. He died in Cambridge, England, in February 2006.

    Paul Jakov Smith
    Paul Jakov Smith is the John R. Coleman Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of History and East Asian Studies at Haverford College. Smith studies the institutional, social, and cultural history of mid-imperial China, spanning the Sung (960–1279), Yüan (1271–1368), and Ming (1368–1644) dynasties. His current book project is entitled War and Political Culture in Mid-Imperial China: The Song Military and the Literati State.

    Contributors

    Paul Jakov Smith, Naomi Standen, Hugh R. Clark, Lau Nap-yin, Huang K'uan-chung, Michael McGrath, Ari Daniel Levine, Tao Jing-shen, Gong Wei Ai, Richard L. Davis

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account

Cancel

Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website, your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

© Cambridge University Press 2014

Back to top

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel Delete

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

×
Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.
×