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The age of Confucian rule : the Song transformation of China, Dieter Kuhn

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The age of Confucian rule : the Song transformation of China
Title
The age of Confucian rule
Title remainder
the Song transformation of China
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Dieter Kuhn
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Just over a thousand years ago, the Song dynasty emerged as the most advanced civilization on Earth. Within two centuries, China was home to nearly half of humankind. In this history we learn why the inventiveness of this era has been favorable compared with the European Renaissance, which in many ways, the Song transformation surpassed. With the chaotic dissolution of the Tang dynasty, the old aristocratic families vanished. A new class of scholar-officials, products of a meritocratic examination system, took up the task of reshaping Chinese tradition by adapting the precepts of Confucianism to a rapidly changing world. Through fiscal reforms, these elites liberalized the economy, eased the tax burden, and put paper money into circulation. Their redesigned capitals buzzed with traders, while, the education system offered advancement to talented men of modest means. Their rationalist approach led to inventions in printing, shipbuilding, weaving, ceramics manufacture, mining, and agriculture. With a realist's eye, they studied the natural world and applied their observations in art and science. And with the souls of diplomats, they chose peace over war with the aggressors on their borders. Yet persistent military threats from these nomadic tribes, which the Chinese scorned as their cultural inferiors, redefined China's understanding of its place in the world and solidified a sense of what it meant to be Chinese
  • "With the chaotic dissolution of the Tang dynasty, the old aristocratic families vanished. A new class of scholar-officials - products of a meritocratic examination system - took up the task of reshaping Chinese tradition by adapting the precepts of Confucianism to a rapidly changing world. Through fiscal reforms, these elites liberalized the economy, eased the tax burden, and put paper money into circulation. Their redesigned capitals buzzed with traders, while, the education system offered advancement to talented men of modest means. Their rationalist approach led to inventions in printing, shipbuilding, weaving, ceramics manufacture, mining, and agriculture. With a realist's eye, they studied the natural world and applied their observations in art and science. And with the souls of diplomats, they chose peace over war with the aggressors on their borders. Yet persistent military threats from these nomadic tribes - which the Chinese scorned as their cultural inferiors - redefined China's understanding of its place in the world and solidified a sense of what it meant to be Chinese." "The Age of Confucian Rule is an essential introduction to this transformative era."--BOOK JACKET
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1946-
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Kuhn, Dieter
Dewey number
951/.024
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DS748.55
LC item number
.K84 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
History of imperial China
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  • Confucianism and state
  • Civilization, Confucian
  • Civilization, Oriental
  • China
  • China
  • Cultuurverandering
  • Confucianisme
  • Soeng-dynastie
  • Songdynastie (960-1279)
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The age of Confucian rule : the Song transformation of China, Dieter Kuhn
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [313]-340) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
A time of turmoil -- Model rulers -- Reforming into collapse -- The Song in the South -- Three doctrines -- Education and examination -- Life cycle rituals -- Exploring the world within and without -- Transforming the capitals -- A changing world of production -- Money and taxes -- Private lives in the public sphere -- Dynastic rulers
Control code
192050158
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
356 pages
Isbn
9780674031463
Lccn
2008006910
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)192050158
Label
The age of Confucian rule : the Song transformation of China, Dieter Kuhn
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [313]-340) 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
A time of turmoil -- Model rulers -- Reforming into collapse -- The Song in the South -- Three doctrines -- Education and examination -- Life cycle rituals -- Exploring the world within and without -- Transforming the capitals -- A changing world of production -- Money and taxes -- Private lives in the public sphere -- Dynastic rulers
Control code
192050158
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
356 pages
Isbn
9780674031463
Lccn
2008006910
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)192050158

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