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Chinese City And Urbanism : Evolution And Development - Prof Victor F.S. Sit

Chinese City And Urbanism

Evolution And Development

Hardcover Published: 30th March 2010
ISBN: 9789814293723
Number Of Pages: 332

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The purpose of this volume is to treat the progress of history, civilization and urban development of China together in order to demonstrate the unique qualities of Chinese civilization. The author uses historical dynasties as the vertical dimension, starting from the pre-urban origin of round-moat village settlements of the Yangshao Period, until the most recent transitional city under the present "socialist market system". There are a total of 13 chapters, covering a time-span of roughly 6,000 years.The book also discusses the theoretical context of the uniqueness of Chinese urban evolution and compares it with experiences in the West. It comprehensively treats major events, economic developments, territorial changes, and developments in technology, art and culture, military as well as administrative systems in the dynasties as urban change dynamics. The material therefore succinctly covers 6,000 years of Chinese cultural history.Besides using a large amount of Chinese literature - including materials on recent archeological finds - the volume explores substantial Western literature on relevant issues with the purpose of putting the Chinese experience in a global context.The author has included in the volume over 100 maps and line drawings selected from his collection accumulated over 30 years as a university lecturer and researcher of urban geography and the Chinese city. They provide vivid and readily apprehensible illustrations for illuminating key points on the structure of the Chinese city and the geopolitical situation of China in major historical periods. They also add exquisite detail through graphic techniques to the textual treatment of the subject matters, and are in themselves visually appealing, adding unique dimension to the volume.The volume targets a wide spectrum of readers, and will appeal to anyone interested in the culture and civilization, cities, urban planning and economic, philosophical, political and historical developments of China.

Introductionp. vii
Prefacep. ix
About the Authorp. xiii
List of Maps and Figuresp. xv
List of Tablesp. xxi
Introducing the Chinese Case: Its Origin and Stages of Developmentp. 1
From Village to Proto-Urban Settlements of Late Yangshao Periodp. 16
Longshan City-Statesp. 29
Urbanism in the Early Bronze Age State of the Xiap. 45
Shang Urbanism at the Climax of Bronze Metallurgyp. 63
From Feudalism to Commercial-Industrial Cities: Zhou Dynasty and the Warring Statesp. 88
The Administrative City of Qin and Hanp. 113
Tang: Golden Age of the Confucian Modelp. 134
Song Renaissance and the New Urbanityp. 160
Ming Dynasty: Urban Reconstruction and Resurgence after the Yuan Dynastyp. 189
Qing Urbanization: From Neo-Confucian Orthodoxy to Semi-Colonialismp. 212
People's Republic: The Unsettled Socialist Approachp. 243
Message from Chinese Urbanismp. 279
Bibliographyp. 310
Indexp. 325
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ISBN: 9789814293723
ISBN-10: 9814293725
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 30th March 2010
Country of Publication: SG
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.49  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.66