Cambridge History of China: Volume 03-1: Sui and T'ang China 589-906, Part 1. Hardback

  • Cambridge History of China: Volume 03: Sui and T'ang China 589-906, Part 1.
  • Edited by Denis C. Twitchett
  • Hardback, 870 pages, 11 tables, 22 maps, glossary-index. 1979
  • Chapter Contents
  • 1. Introduction Denis Twitchett;
  • 2. The Sui dynasty (581-617) Arthur F. Wright;
  • 3. The founding of the T’ang dynasty: Kao-tsu (618-26) Howard J. Wechsler;
  • 4. T’ai-tsung (624-49) the consolidator Howard J. Wechsler;
  • 5. Kao-tsung (649-83) and the empress Wu: the inheritor and the usurper Denis Twitchett and Howard J. Wechsler;
  • 6. The reigns of the empress Wu, Chung-tsung and Jui-tsung (684-712) Richard W. L. Guisso;
  • 7. Hs|an-tsung (712-56) Denis Twitchett;
  • 8. Court and province in mid-and late T’ang C. A. Peterson;
  • 9. Court politics in late T’ang times Michael T. Dalby;
  • 10. The end of the T’ang. Robert M. Somers; Glossary and index.
  • Contributors: Denis Twitchett, Arthur F. Wright, Howard J. Wechsler, Richard W. L. Guisso, C. A. Peterson, Michael T. Dalby, Robert M. Somers
  • Description: This new Cambridge history is one of the most far-reaching works of international scholarship ever undertaken, which will open a new era in the understanding of the Chinese past. It is published at a time when it has become important to understand the nature and history of a very old civilisation which is also a great modern power. The whole enterprise, under the general editorship of Professor Fairbank and Professor Twitchett, will be completed in 14 volumes by the mid-1980s and will explore the main developments in political, social, economic and intellectual life from the Ch’in empire to the present day. An introductory volume on pre-dynastic China is also planned. The contributors are specialists from the international community of sinological scholars. Many of the accounts break new ground; all are based on fresh research. The works are written not only with students and scholars but also the general reader in mind. No knowledge of Chinese is assumed, though for readers of Chinese, proper and other names are identified with their characters in the index. Numerous maps and tables illustrate the text. The second volume to be published, volume 3, covers the second great period of unified imperial power, 589-906, when China established herself as the centre of a wider cultural sphere, embracing Japan, Korea and Vietnam. It was an era in which there was a great deal of rapid social and economic change, and in which literature and the arts reached new heights of attainment.