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Ts’ao P’i Transcendent: The Political Culture of Dynasty-Founding in China at the End of the Han is a book written by Howard L. Goodman and released in 1998. It analyses the foundation of Wei by Cao Pi.

Official descriptionEdit

Analyses the foundation of the San-kuo Wei Dynasty by Ts'ao P'i in 220 CE, using the main historical accounts, a wide range of religious and philosophical writings, epigraphical records, and above all, the records contained in the commentaries to Ch'en Shou's San-kuo chih by the fifth century writer P'ei Sung-chih.

ChaptersEdit

  • INTRODUCTION TO STRATEGY AND SUBJECT MATTER
    • Writing Strategy
    • The Historical Subject of the Matter
  • PART I - RULING AUTHORITY AND LEGITIMACY BEFORE THE HAN-WEI TRANSITION
    • Chapter One. THE EARLY CULTURE OF AUTHORITY AND LEGITIMATION AND THE CH’IN AND HAN MODELS
      • Modern Approaches to the Study of Authority and Legitimation
      • Developments in the Ancient Period: Revelation, Divination, Philosophy
      • The Culture of Legitimation as a Tool of Dynasty-Founding
    • Chapter Two. STEPS TOWARDS DYNASTY-FOUNDING: TS’AO AND SSU-MA FAMILY, LOCAL, AND NATIONAL POWER
      • The Ts’ao and Ssu-ma Families: Northern Military Leaders
      • Setting the Stage for a New Authority and Legitimacy
  • PART II - NOVEMBER 19 TO DECEMBER 11: A MESS OF INK
    • Chapter Three. NOVEMBER 19: AN ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE HAN IMPERIAL CULT
      • Wei Chi’s Text of the Emperor’s Shrine Speech
      • A Scholar Specializing in Antique Scripts and and Legitimation Texts
    • Chapter Four. UNDATED: CELESTIAL-MASTER TAOISTS DELIVER A PRO-TS’AO P’I ORACLE
      • “Hsien-ti chuan”
      • Chang Lu and the Five-Peck, or Celestial-Master, Taoists
      • Ts’ao P’i Accepts the Oracle-Text and Its Prediction
    • Chapter Five. NOVEMBER 20-22: A CORE GROUP OF LEGITIMATION EXPERTS
      • Former Southerners at the Ts’ao Court
      • Eminent Northerners and the Ying-ch’uan Contingent
      • The Core Group Explains Oracle-Text
      • The Testimony o f Crucial Specialists
    • Chapter Six. NOVEMBER 23-24: SSU-MA I’S PHILOSOPHY OF POLITICAL ACTION AND TS’AO P’I'S HERO-REFUSERS
      • Landed General, Local Defender, and Military Ritualist
    • Chapter Seven. NOVEMBER 25-29: TS’AO P’I’S EMBLEMS OF TRANSCENDENT RULE
      • The Han Emperor Makes an Excuse
      • Ts’ao P’i Castigates the Core Group
      • A Chuang-tzu Emblem of the Transcendent-Refuser
      • Ts’ao P’i Calls upon Divine Omens
      • Collecting and Alluding: Literature as Political Jousting
    • Chapter Eight. NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 7: RITUAL CHRONOLOGY LINKS THE TS’AO HOUSE WITH CHUAN HSÜ AND THE YELLOW EMPEROR
      • Tung Pa’s Theory of a Chuan Hsü Calendar
      • A Yellow Emperor Genealogy
      • An I-ching Pep-Talk
    • Chapter Nine. DECEMBER 7-10: THE HIGHEST OFFICIALS AND THE CORE GROUP FACILITATE THE ACCESSION
      • The Three Excellencies
      • The Ethics of Political Sharing
      • Philosophy, Souls of Deceased Rulers, and Omens
  • PART III - REVERBERATIONS
    • Chapter Ten. DECEMBER 11: THE UNFOLDING OF TS’AO-WEI COURT RITUAL
      • December 11: The Han Emperor’s Invocation
      • Ts’ao P’i’s (Wen-ti’s) Ceremonies and Proposals for Court Ritual
      • Trouble Ahead for Wen-ti and the Dynasty
    • Chapter Eleven. THE STELE OF 221 A.D.: TS’AO TS’AO’S GENERALS SIGN ON TO THE NEW DYNASTY
      • The Stele at Fan-yang
      • Translation and Provenance of the Stele Text
      • Ts’ao P’i’s Military Underpinning
      • Gesture and Historiography
    • CONCLUSION
      • Pioneers in the Study of Dynastic Legitimation
    • APPENDIX: THE RELIABILITY OF THE SOURCES
    • BIBLIOGRAPHY
    • INDEX
    • TABLES

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SourcesEdit

  • Goodman, Howard L. Ts’ao P’i Transcendent: Political Culture and Dynasty-Founding in China at the End of the Han. Washington: Routledge, 1998.

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