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T'ang China : The Rise of the East in World History - S. A. M. Adshead

T'ang China

The Rise of the East in World History

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China's role in world history is again controversial thanks to Andre Gunder Frank's Re Orient: Global Economy in the Asian Age. By contrast, this book presents an alternative interpretation of that role, less exclusively economic, more broadly based, and focused on the T'ang period, one of China's acknowledged golden ages. It shows how a different China, Buddhist or Taoist rather than Confucian, aristocratic as much as meritocratic, achieved, through openness to the outside world and partnership with its elites, a multiple pre eminence in politics, economics, society and the intellect, not unlike that enjoyed by the United States today. Within a looser web of globalization, the T'ang period and its dynamics offers a distant mirror of our own time. An argument in world history may thus cast light on issues in contemporary politics.

'Any student interested in macro-history, as well as in the history of China in pre-modern times, will be well rewarded by reading it.' - Professor John S. Gregory, former Professor of History, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

'T'ang China is historical argument at its best... The Adsheadian view of world history is wonderfully integrated and distinctive, and will stimulate debate for years to come.' - Brian Moloughney, Professor of History, University of Otago, New Zealand, and editor of the New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies

Introduction
Polemic: Before the Rise of the East
Andrbliogeacute; Gunder Frank's Concept of the World Order
A Critique of Andrbliogeacute; Gunder Frank's Concept of the World Order
The Preponderance of the West Politics: The Genius of T'ang
The Sui-T'ang Refoundation
The Silver T'ang Restoration
The Sung Counter-Revolution
Contrast with the West Economy: China takes Centre Stage
The Milieu of Chinese Economic Growth 500-1000
The Motors of Chinese Economic Growth 500-1000
The Management of Chinese Economic Growth 500-1000
Cross-Economic Comparison 500-1000
Society: A Multiple China
The Interface Between the Economy and Society
The Matrix of Social Activity: Family and Friends
An Anthropology of Chinese Marriage
Non-Kinship Institutions: A Multiple Associationism
Cross-Social Comparisons 500-1000
Intellect: China's Complex Pluralism
China's Intellectual Complexity
China's Intellectual Pluralism
Eurasian Intellectual Comparisons 500-1000
Return to the West: Reflux and Prognosis Politics 500-1000
Economy 1000-1500
Society 1000-1500
Intellect 1000-1500
Prognosis
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ISBN: 9781403934567
ISBN-10: 1403934568
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 233
Published: 29th July 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1