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Forming the Early Chinese Court

Rituals, Spaces, Roles

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Forming the Early Chinese Court by Luke Habberstad
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Forming the Early Chinese Court builds on new directions in comparative studies of royal courts in the ancient world to present a pioneering study of early Chinese court culture. Rejecting divides between literary, political, and administrative texts, Luke Habberstad examines sources from the Qin, Western Han, and Xin periods (221 BCE-23 CE) for insights into court society and ritual, rank, the development of the bureaucracy, and the role of the emperor. These diverse sources show that a large, but not necessarily cohesive, body of courtiers drove the consolidation, distribution, and representation of power in court institutions. Forming the Early Chinese Court encourages us to see China's imperial unification as a surprisingly idiosyncratic process that allowed different actors to stake claims in a world of increasing population, wealth, and power.

Author Biography

Luke Habberstad is assistant professor of Chinese literature at the University of Oregon.
Release date NZ
November 14th, 2017
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
8 b&w illus., 1 map
Imprint
University of Washington Press
Pages
256
ISBN-13
9780295742601
Product ID
26799787

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