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  • Print publication year: 1979
  • Online publication date: March 2008

1 - Introduction

This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the various chapters in this book. This volume is the first of two devoted to the Sui and T'ang dynasties. These dynasties established the idea of the integrity of China as the territory of a single unified empire. A major long-term change during the Sui and T'ang was the complete transformation of the patterns of political life. The contribution to the interpretation of the political and institutional history of the period was the work of the great Chinese historian Ch'en Yin-k'o. The decentralization of power after the An Lu-shan rising accelerated complex economic and social changes. The most important long term development during these centuries was the final re-establishment of Chinese national unity. The compilers of the Chiu T'ang shu and other major surviving sources had at their disposal much more documentation for the subsequent period, from 763 to 847, for they had the Veritable Records to work with.
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