By Mark Edward Lewis
This e-book examines the formation of the chinese language empire via its reorganization and reinterpretation of its simple spatial devices: the human physique, the loved ones, the town, the area, and the area. The significant subject matter of the booklet is the best way these kinds of different types of ordered area have been reshaped by means of the undertaking of unification and the way, whilst, that unification used to be restricted and restricted via the required survival of the devices on which it was once dependent. therefore, as Mark Edward Lewis indicates, each one point of spatial association may well in attaining order and that means merely inside of an encompassing, enhanced complete: the physique in the family, the family in the lineage and kingdom, the town in the sector, and the area in the international empire, whereas every one point nonetheless contained inside of itself the smaller devices from which it used to be shaped. The solidarity that was once the empire’s maximum objective refrained from cave in again into the unique chaos of nondistinction basically via keeping inside of itself the very divisions at the foundation of relations or sector 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 family Divided
family 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 nice Families
neighborhood and native Cults
Rhapsodies on Regions
five. global and Cosmos
Grids and Magic Squares
the brilliant corridor and Ruler-Centered Models
Mirrors, Diviner’s forums, and different Cosmic Charts
Mountains and international Models
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