Urbanization in Early and Medieval China: Gazetteers for the City of Suzhou

Hardcover | April 15, 2015

Translated byOlivia Milburn

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The heart of Urbanization in Early and Medieval China consists of translations of three gazetteers written during the Han (206 BCE–220 CE), Tang (618–907), and Northern Song (960–1126) dynasties describing the city of Suzhou. The texts allow the reader to trace the dramatic changes that occurred as the city experienced enormous political and social upheavals over nine centuries. Each translation is accompanied by extensive annotation and a detailed discussion of the historical background of the text, authorship, and publication history.

The book also traces the development of the gazetteer genre, the history of urban planning in China, and what we know about the early development of Suzhou from other texts and archaeological research.

Urbanization in Early and Medieval China will be useful not only to scholars of Chinese history, but to scholars studying architecture and urban planning as well.

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The heart of Urbanization in Early and Medieval China consists of translations of three gazetteers written during the Han (206 BCE–220 CE), Tang (618–907), and Northern Song (960–1126) dynasties describing the city of Suzhou. The texts allow the reader to trace the dramatic changes that occurred as the city experienced enormous politi...

Olivia Milburn is associate professor of Chinese literature at Seoul National University. She is the author of Cherishing Antiquity: The Cultural Construction of an Ancient Chinese Kingdom and translator of The Glory of Yue: An Annotated Translation of the Yuejue shu.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.3 × 6.5 × 1.3 inPublished:April 15, 2015Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0295994606

ISBN - 13:9780295994604

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Table of Contents

IllustrationsA Note on NomenclaturePrefaceAcknowledgmentsChronology of Chinese Dynasties

Introduction

Three Gazetteers of SuzhouTales of the Lands of WuRecords of the Lands of WuSupplementary Records to the "Illustrated Guide to Wu Commandery"

CommentaryAnalysis and ComparisonsConclusion

Notes GlossaryBibliographyIndex

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Urbanization in Early and Medieval China. It includes a wealth of information that is not available anywhere else. The scholarship is superior.

- Nancy Steinhardt, author of Chinese Architecture in an Age of Turmoil, 200–600