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Rethinking world history has become a major concern of a significant number of historians over recent decades. In T'ang China S.A.M. Adshead engages with current debates by looking at the forces which have shaped China throughout its history. By offering a survey of T'ang China (618 970 AD), the book asks the questions: How did China come to occupy a central place in the world economy in pre modern times what forces helped shape China during this period, known by the Chinese as their 'golden age' how will these forces alter China's place in the world as we move into the Twenty First century? More broadly, the book explores the ways in which regional changes have, throughout history, shifted the balance of the world, politically, culturally and economically.
S.A.M. ADSHEAD is Professor Emeritus in History at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He was educated at Stowe School and Christ Church, Oxford, and studied Chinese History at Harvard University. He is the author of The Modernization of the Chinese Salt Administration, Province and Politics in Late Imperial China, Salt and Civilization, Central Asia in World History and The Philosophy of History in Nineteenth-Century England and Beyond.