The Cambridge History of China: The Ch'in and Han Empires, 221 B.C. - 220 A.D. is the first volume of the Cambridge History of China series. This volume consists of sixteen articles about the Former and Later Han.

Official DescriptionEdit

"This volume begins the historical coverage of The Cambridge History of China with the establishment of the Ch'in empire in 221 BC and ends with the abdication of the last Han emperor in AD 220. Spanning four centuries, this period witnessed major evolutionary changes in almost every aspect of China's development, being particularly notable for the emergence and growth of a centralized administration and imperial government. Owing to their pioneer achievements and the heritage that they left for later empires, these dynasties have rightly been regarded as a formative influence throughout Chinese history. Important archaeological discoveries of recent years have made a new approach possible for many aspects of the period. Leading historians from Asia, Europe, and America have contributed chapters that convey a realistic impression of significant political, economic, intellectual, religious, and social developments, and of the contacts that the Chinese made with other peoples at this time. Like the other volumes in the series, volume 1 summarizes the information given in primary sources in the light of the most recent critical scholarship. As the book is intended for the general reader as well as the specialist, technical details are given in both Chinese terms and English equivalents. References lead to primary sources and their translations and to secondary writings in European languages as well as Chinese and Japanese."

List of ArticlesEdit

  1. "The state and empire of ch'in" by Derk Bodde.
  2. "The Former Han dynasty" by Michael Loewe.
  3. "Wang Mang, the restoration of the Han dynasty, and Later Han" by Hans Bielenstein.
  4. "The conduct of government and the issues at stake (A.D. 57-167)" by Michael Loewe.
  5. "The fall of Han" by B. J. Mansvelt Beck.
  6. "Han foreign relations" by Yü Ying-Shih.
  7. "The structure and practice of government" by Michael Loewe.
  8. "The institutions of Later Han" by Hans Bielenstein.
  9. "Ch'in and Han law" by A. F. P. Hulsewé.
  10. "The economic and social history of Former Han" by Nishijima Sadao.
  11. "The economic and social history of Later Han" by Patricia Ebrey.
  12. "The religious and intellectual background" by Michael Loewe.
  13. "The concept of sovereignty" by Michael Loewe.
  14. "The development of the Confucian schools" by Robert P. Kramers.
  15. "Confucian, Legalist, and Taoist thought in Later Han" by Ch'en Ch'i-Yün.
  16. "Philosophy and religion from Han to Sui" by Paul Demiéville.


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