Conceiving the Empire

Conceiving the Empire
Title Conceiving the Empire PDF eBook
Author Fritz-Heiner Mutschler
Publisher OUP Oxford
Pages 502
Release 2008-11-13
Genre Literary Criticism
ISBN 0191550442

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The essays in Conceiving the Empire explore the mental images, ideas, and symbolical representations of `empire' which developed in the two most powerful political entities of antiquity: China and Rome. While the central focus is on historiography, other related fields are also explored: geography and cartography, epigraphy, art and architecture, and, more generally, political thought and the history of ideas. Written by a collaborative team of experts in Sinology and Classical Studies, the volume focuses the attention of the emerging discipline of East-West cross-cultural studies on an essential feature of the ancient Mediterranean and Chinese worlds: the emergence of `empire' and the enduring influence of the `imperial' order.

Conceiving the Empire

Conceiving the Empire
Title Conceiving the Empire PDF eBook
Author Fritz-Heiner Mutschler
Publisher Oxford University Press on Demand
Pages 502
Release 2008-11-13
Genre Art
ISBN 0199214646

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"The essays in Conceiving the Empire: China and Rome Compared explore how the idea of 'empire' arose and developed in the two most powerful polities in antiquity. Extending its scope well beyond the notions of tianxia, 'All-under-Heaven' in China, and imperium in Rome, the volume deals with the mental images of 'empire' that emerged with the formation of political macro-entities in the East and in the West. Written by a team of experts in Sinology and Classical Studies, Conceiving the Empire concentrates on the essential feature of the ancient Mediterranean and Chinese worlds: the emergence of empire and the enduring influence of the imperial order."--BOOK JACKET.

Conceiving the Empire

Conceiving the Empire
Title Conceiving the Empire PDF eBook
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Pages 481
Release 2008
Genre China
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Rome and China

Rome and China
Title Rome and China PDF eBook
Author Walter Scheidel
Publisher Oxford University Press
Pages 256
Release 2009-02-05
Genre History
ISBN 9780199714292

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Transcending ethnic, linguistic, and religious boundaries, early empires shaped thousands of years of world history. Yet despite the global prominence of empire, individual cases are often studied in isolation. This series seeks to change the terms of the debate by promoting cross-cultural, comparative, and transdisciplinary perspectives on imperial state formation prior to the European colonial expansion. Two thousand years ago, up to one-half of the human species was contained within two political systems, the Roman empire in western Eurasia (centered on the Mediterranean Sea) and the Han empire in eastern Eurasia (centered on the great North China Plain). Both empires were broadly comparable in terms of size and population, and even largely coextensive in chronological terms (221 BCE to 220 CE for the Qin/Han empire, c. 200 BCE to 395 CE for the unified Roman empire). At the most basic level of resolution, the circumstances of their creation are not very different. In the East, the Shang and Western Zhou periods created a shared cultural framework for the Warring States, with the gradual consolidation of numerous small polities into a handful of large kingdoms which were finally united by the westernmost marcher state of Qin. In the Mediterranean, we can observe comparable political fragmentation and gradual expansion of a unifying civilization, Greek in this case, followed by the gradual formation of a handful of major warring states (the Hellenistic kingdoms in the east, Rome-Italy, Syracuse and Carthage in the west), and likewise eventual unification by the westernmost marcher state, the Roman-led Italian confederation. Subsequent destabilization occurred again in strikingly similar ways: both empires came to be divided into two halves, one that contained the original core but was more exposed to the main barbarian periphery (the west in the Roman case, the north in China), and a traditionalist half in the east (Rome) and south (China). These processes of initial convergence and subsequent divergence in Eurasian state formation have never been the object of systematic comparative analysis. This volume, which brings together experts in the history of the ancient Mediterranean and early China, makes a first step in this direction, by presenting a series of comparative case studies on clearly defined aspects of state formation in early eastern and western Eurasia, focusing on the process of initial developmental convergence. It includes a general introduction that makes the case for a comparative approach; a broad sketch of the character of state formation in western and eastern Eurasia during the final millennium of antiquity; and six thematically connected case studies of particularly salient aspects of this process.

Ancient China and the Yue

Ancient China and the Yue
Title Ancient China and the Yue PDF eBook
Author Erica Brindley
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Pages 303
Release 2015-09-03
Genre History
ISBN 1107084784

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A richly empirical discussion of ethnic identity formation in the ancient world, presenting the peoples of China's southern frontier.

China's International Roles

China's International Roles
Title China's International Roles PDF eBook
Author Sebastian Harnisch
Publisher Routledge
Pages 276
Release 2015-07-16
Genre Political Science
ISBN 1317434102

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This collection examines changes in China’s international role over the past century. Tracing the links between domestic and external expectations in the PRC’s role conception and preferred engagement patterns in world politics, the work provides a systematic account of changes in China’s role and the mechanisms of role taking. Individual chapters address the impact of China’s history and identity on its bilateral role taking patterns with the United States, Japan, Africa, the Europe Union, and Socialist States as well as China’s role in international institutions, the G-20, and East Asia’s Financial Order. Each of the empirical chapters is written to a common template exploring the role of historical self-identification, altercasting and domestic role contestation in shaping the PRC’s role. The volume provides an analytically coherent framework evaluating whether cooperation or conflict in China’s international engagement is likely to increase, and if so, the extent to which this will follow from incompatible domestic demands and external expectations. By combining a theoretical framework with strong comparative case studies, this volume contributes to the ongoing debate on China’s rise and integration into the international society and provides sound conclusions about the prospects for a transition of China’s purpose in world politics.

Rome, China, and the Barbarians

Rome, China, and the Barbarians
Title Rome, China, and the Barbarians PDF eBook
Author Randolph B. Ford
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Pages 391
Release 2020-04-23
Genre History
ISBN 1108473954

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An exploration of ethnological thought in Greece, Rome, and China and its articulation during 'barbarian' invasion and conquest.