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The Resource "Dividing the realm in order to govern" : the spatial organization of the Song state (960-1276 CE), Ruth Mostern

"Dividing the realm in order to govern" : the spatial organization of the Song state (960-1276 CE), Ruth Mostern

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"Dividing the realm in order to govern" : the spatial organization of the Song state (960-1276 CE)
Title
"Dividing the realm in order to govern"
Title remainder
the spatial organization of the Song state (960-1276 CE)
Statement of responsibility
Ruth Mostern
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • States are inherently and fundamentally geographical. Sovereignty is based on control of territory. This book uses Song China to explain how a pre-industrial regime organized itself spatially in order to exercise authority. On more than a thousand occasions, the Song court founded, abolished, promoted, demoted, and reordered jurisdictions in an attempt to maximize the effectiveness of limited resources in a climate of shifting priorities, to placate competing constituencies, and to address military and economic crises. Spatial transformations in the Song field administration changed the geography of commerce, taxation, revenue accumulation, warfare, foreign relations, and social organization, and even determined the terms of debates about imperial power
  • The chronology of tenth-century imperial consolidation, eleventh-century political reform, and twelfth-century localism traced in this book is a familiar one. But by detailing the relationship between the court and local administration, this book complicates the received paradigm of Song centralization and decentralization. Song frontier policies formed a coherent imperial approach to administering peripheral regions with inaccessible resources and limited infrastructure. And the well-known events of the Songùwars and reformsùwere often responses to long-term spatial and demographic change. --Book Jacket
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DLC
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1967-
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Mostern, Ruth
Dewey number
951/.024
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DS751.3
LC item number
.M67 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Harvard-Yenching Institute monograph series
Series volume
73
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Spatial behavior
  • Human territoriality
  • Imperialism
  • Social change
  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Political geography
  • Authority
  • China
  • China
  • China
Label
"Dividing the realm in order to govern" : the spatial organization of the Song state (960-1276 CE), Ruth Mostern
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- pt. 1. The meaning of territory -- The political economy of spatial change in imperial China -- The spatial organization of state power in Song China -- Following the tracks of Yu : depictions of imperial territory -- pt. 2. The history of territory -- "Strengthen the trunk and weaken the branches" : the fall and rise of the territorial state (750-1005) -- "Enrich the state and let the people prosper" : spatial organization in China's long eleventh century (1005-1127) -- The end of the middle-period spatial cycle (1127-1368) -- Appendix: The digital gazetteer of Song China / Ruth Mostern with Elijah Meeks
Control code
555658463
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xix, 370 pages
Isbn
9780674056022
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2010053904
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)555658463
Label
"Dividing the realm in order to govern" : the spatial organization of the Song state (960-1276 CE), Ruth Mostern
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- pt. 1. The meaning of territory -- The political economy of spatial change in imperial China -- The spatial organization of state power in Song China -- Following the tracks of Yu : depictions of imperial territory -- pt. 2. The history of territory -- "Strengthen the trunk and weaken the branches" : the fall and rise of the territorial state (750-1005) -- "Enrich the state and let the people prosper" : spatial organization in China's long eleventh century (1005-1127) -- The end of the middle-period spatial cycle (1127-1368) -- Appendix: The digital gazetteer of Song China / Ruth Mostern with Elijah Meeks
Control code
555658463
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xix, 370 pages
Isbn
9780674056022
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2010053904
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)555658463

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