The Confucian-Legalist State Hardback

A New Theory of Chinese History

by Dingxin Zhao;

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The Confucian-Legalist State

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The Confucian-Legalist State analyzes the history of China between the 11th century BCE and 1911 under the guidance of a new theory of social change. It centers on two questions. First, how and why China was unified and developed into a bureaucratic empire under the state of Qin in 221 BCE? Second, how was it that, until the nineteenth century, the political and cultural structure of China that was institutionalized during the Western Han dynasty (206 BCE - 8 CE) showed great resilience, despite great changes in demography, socioeconomic structure, ethnic composition, market relations, religious landscapes, technology, and in other respects brought by rebellions or nomadic conquests?
In addressing these two questions, author Dingxin Zhao also explains numerous other historical patterns of China, including but not limited to the nature of ancient China's interstate relations, the logics behind the rising importance of imperil Confucianism during the Western Han dynasty and behind the formation of Neo-Confucian society during the Song dynasty (960-1279 CE), the changing nature of China's religious ecology under the age of Buddhism and Neo-Confucianism, the pattern of interactions between nomads and sedentary Chinese empires, the rise and dominance of civilian government, and China's inability to develop industrial capitalism without the coercion of Western imperialism.

The Confucian-Legalist State by Dingxin Zhao was published by Oxford University Press Inc in November 2015. The ISBN for The Confucian-Legalist State is 9780199351732.

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Details for The Confucian-Legalist State

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherOxford University Press Inc (November 2015)
Number of Pages480
Thickness38 mm
Height235 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4335941
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