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By Mark Edward Lewis

Shows how the rising chinese language empire purposely reconceived yet used to be additionally restricted through simple spatial devices corresponding to the physique, the family, the quarter, and the world.

This ebook examines the formation of the chinese language empire via its reorganization and reinterpretation of its simple spatial devices: the human physique, the family, the town, the area, and the realm. The critical topic of the booklet is the best way some of these sorts of ordered area have been reshaped by means of the undertaking of unification and the way, whilst, that unification used to be limited and constrained by means of the required survival of the devices on which it used to be dependent. accordingly, as Mark Edward Lewis exhibits, every one point of spatial association might in attaining order and that means in simple terms inside an encompassing, more suitable complete: the physique in the loved ones, the family in the lineage and nation, the town in the zone, and the quarter in the global empire, whereas each one point nonetheless contained inside itself the smaller devices from which it used to be shaped. The harmony that was once the empire’s maximum target refrained from cave in again into the unique chaos of nondistinction purely through protecting inside of itself the very divisions at the foundation of relatives or quarter that it claimed to transcend.

Mark Edward Lewis is Kwoh-ting Li Professor of chinese language tradition at Stanford collage and the writer of Writing and Authority in Early China, additionally released via SUNY Press.



devices of Spatial Order
The Empire and the Reconstruction of Space

1. The Human Body

Discovery of the physique within the Fourth Century b.c.
The Composite Body
Interfaces of the Body

2. The Household

families as Political Units
families as Residential Units
families as devices of bigger Networks
The loved ones Divided
loved ones and Tomb

three. towns and Capitals

the realm of the City-States
towns of the Warring States and Early Empires
Invention of the Imperial Capital

four. areas and Customs

The Warring States Philosophical Critique of Custom
customized and Region
areas and the good Families
local and native Cults
Rhapsodies on Regions

five. international and Cosmos

Grids and Magic Squares
the intense corridor and Ruler-Centered Models
Mirrors, Diviner’s forums, and different Cosmic Charts
Mountains and international Models


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