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The Cambridge History of China

Volume 5. Sung China, 960–1279 AD

Part 2

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Part of The Cambridge History of China

John W. Chaffee, Charles Hartman, Peter J. Golas, Wang Tseng-Yü, Brian Mcknight, Joseph P. Mcdermott, Angela Schottenhammer, Robert P. Hymes, Peter K. Bol, Hoyt Cleveland Tillman
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  • Date Published: March 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108461610

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  • This is the second of two volumes on the Sung Dynasty, which together provide a comprehensive history of China from the fall of the T'ang Dynasty in 907 to the Mongol conquest of the Southern Sung in 1279. With contributions from leading historians in the field, Volume 5, Part Two paints a complex portrait of a dynasty beset by problems and contradictions, but one which, despite its military and geopolitical weakness, was nevertheless economically powerful, culturally brilliant, socially fluid and the most populous of any empire in global history to that point. In this much anticipated addition to the series, the authors survey key themes across ten chapters, including government, economy, society, religion, and thought to provide an authoritative and topical treatment of a profound and significant period in Chinese history.

    • A much anticipated addition to the series
    • Offers the most complete coverage of this time period published in any Western language
    • Presents an authoritative account of key political, economic, social, cultural and intellectual topics in Sung history
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    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108461610
    • length: 975 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 60 mm
    • weight: 1.44kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 15 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: reflections on the Sung John W. Chaffee
    1. Sung government and politics Charles Hartman
    2. The Sung fiscal administration Peter J. Golas
    3. A history of the Sung military Wang Tseng-Yü
    4. Chinese laws and legal systems: five dynasties and Sung Brian Mcknight
    5. Sung education: schools, academies, and examinations John W. Chaffee
    6. Economic change in China, 960–1279 Joseph P. Mcdermott
    7. China's emergence as a maritime power Angela Schottenhammer
    8. Sung society and social change Robert P. Hymes
    9. Reconceptualizing the order of things in Northern and Southern Sung Peter K. Bol
    10. The rise of the Ttao-hsüeh Confucian fellowship in Southern Sung Hoyt Cleveland Tillman

  • Editors

    John W. Chaffee
    John W. Chaffee is Distinguished Service Professor of History and Asian and Asian American Studies and directs the Institute for Asia and Asian Diaporas at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Thorny Gates of Learning in Sung China: A Social History of Examinations (1985, 1995), The Branches of Heaven: a History of the Sung Imperial Clan (1999) and co-editor of Neo-Confucian Education: The Formative Stage (1989). His book The Muslim Merchants of Premodern China: The History of a Maritime Asian Trade Diaspora, 750–1400 will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2018.

    Denis Twitchett


    John W. Chaffee, Charles Hartman, Peter J. Golas, Wang Tseng-Yü, Brian Mcknight, Joseph P. Mcdermott, Angela Schottenhammer, Robert P. Hymes, Peter K. Bol, Hoyt Cleveland Tillman

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