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  • Print publication year: 2015
  • Online publication date: March 2015

7 - Writing and the city in early China

from Part II - Early cities and information technologies
Summary
This introduction presents a brief history of the study of early cities, archaeological research on the nature of ancient cities. It also provides an overview of key concepts covered in the subsequent chapter of this book. The book delineates some distinctive features of ancient cities and then compares these features. It first concerns early cities as arenas of performance, which includes studies of Egyptian, Maya, and Southeast Asian cities. Next, the book analyzes early cities and information technologies. Then, early urban landscapes are explained. The book also considers cities in the Harappan tradition and their successors in South Asia, and explains the rise and fall of Cahokia. Finally, the book focuses on Rome in the early centuries CE, the capital cities of imperial Assyria in the early to middle centuries BCE, and Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital, in the fourteenth to early sixteenth centuries CE.
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The Cambridge World History
  • Volume 3: Early Cities in Comparative Perspective, 4000 BCE–1200 CE
  • Edited by Norman Yoffee
  • Online ISBN: 9781139035606
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CHO9781139035606
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Further readings

Archaeology of early Chinese cities
Bagley, Robert, “Shang Archaeology,” in Michael Loewe and Edward L. Shaughnessy (eds.), The Cambridge History of Ancient China: From the Origins of Civilization to 221 B.C., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999, pp. 124–231.
Liu, Li, and Xingcan Chen, The Archaeology of China, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Steinke, Kyle (ed.), Art and Archaeology of the Erligang Civilization, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014.
Early cities in comparative perspective
Houston, Stephen D., Hector Escobedo, Mark Child, Charles Golden, and René Muñoz, “The Moral Community: Maya Settlement Transformation at Piedras Negras, Guatemala,” in Monica L. Smith (ed.), The Social Construction of Ancient Cities, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books, 2003, pp. 212–53.
Kemp, Barry, The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti: Amarna and Its People,London: Thames & Hudson, Ltd., 2012.
Chinese writing
Bagley, Robert, “Anyang Writing and the Origin of the Chinese Writing System,” in Stephen D. Houston (ed.), The First Writing: Script Invention as History and Process, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004, pp. 190–249.
Keightley, David, “The Shang,” in Michael Loewe and Edward L. Shaughnessy (eds.), The Cambridge History of Ancient China: From the Origins of Civilization to 221 B.C.,Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999, pp. 232–91.
Wang, Haicheng, Writing and the Ancient State: Early China in Comparative Perspective, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Writing in comparative perspective
Baines, John, John Bennet, and Stephen Houston (eds.), The Disappearance of Writing Systems: Perspectives on Literacy and Communication, London: Equinox Publishing Ltd., 2008.
Houston, Stephen D. (ed.), The First Writing: Script Invention as History and Process, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Archaeology of early Chinese cities

Bagley, Robert, “Shang Archaeology,” in Michael Loewe and Edward L. Shaughnessy (eds.), The Cambridge History of Ancient China: From the Origins of Civilization to 221 B.C., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999, pp. 124–231.
Liu, Li, and Xingcan Chen, The Archaeology of China, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Steinke, Kyle (ed.), Art and Archaeology of the Erligang Civilization, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014.

Early cities in comparative perspective

Houston, Stephen D., Hector Escobedo, Mark Child, Charles Golden, and René Muñoz, “The Moral Community: Maya Settlement Transformation at Piedras Negras, Guatemala,” in Monica L. Smith (ed.), The Social Construction of Ancient Cities, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books, 2003, pp. 212–53.
Kemp, Barry, The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti: Amarna and Its People,London: Thames & Hudson, Ltd., 2012.

Chinese writing

Bagley, Robert, “Anyang Writing and the Origin of the Chinese Writing System,” in Stephen D. Houston (ed.), The First Writing: Script Invention as History and Process, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004, pp. 190–249.
Keightley, David, “The Shang,” in Michael Loewe and Edward L. Shaughnessy (eds.), The Cambridge History of Ancient China: From the Origins of Civilization to 221 B.C.,Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999, pp. 232–91.
Wang, Haicheng, Writing and the Ancient State: Early China in Comparative Perspective, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Writing in comparative perspective

Baines, John, John Bennet, and Stephen Houston (eds.), The Disappearance of Writing Systems: Perspectives on Literacy and Communication, London: Equinox Publishing Ltd., 2008.
Houston, Stephen D. (ed.), The First Writing: Script Invention as History and Process, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.