Ordering the world : approaches to state and society in Sung Dynasty China /
edited by Robert P. Hymes and Conrad Schirokauer.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1993.
xiv, 437 p.
0520076915 (cloth)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1993.
0520076915 (cloth)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-07:
From the viewpoints of both institutional and intellectual history, this collection examines the transition from the centralized political control exercised by the statesmen of the Northern Sung dynasty (960-1127 CE) to the diffusion of power in the hands of Southern Sung local elites (1127-1279). The articles explore the theoretical underpinnings of Wang An-shih's new policies, the failure not only of those policies but of the power of the bureaucracy that imposed them, and the subsequent philosophical positions that made community involvement a moral imperative for individual scholars. The essays and a fine synthetic introduction present the current scholarship on their topics and indicate the Sung basis for the weak involvement in local rule of the late empire. The volume is a stimulating point of entry to the burgeoning field of Sung studies. Excellent notes and bibliography; glossary of Chinese characters. General readers; upper-division undergraduates and above. L. J. Bilsky; University of Arkansas at Little Rock
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These essays examine the relation of society and the state or, more broadly, the place of political action in society and in the history of Sung China. Connections between intellectual change and sociopolitical change are a consistent focus; attitudes toward history and problems of authority are a recurrent concern. The authors suggest new kinds of continuity between the disparate intellectual worlds of Northern and Southern Sung China. Their findings have important implications for our understanding of the neo-Confucian movement in Sung history and of the Sung in the history of Chinese ideas about politics and social action.
Table of Contents
Pragmatic Statecraft
State Power and Economic Activism during the New Policies 1068-1085
Government, Society, and State, Peter K. Bol Chu Hsi's Sense of History Conrad Schirokauer Community and Welfare
Estates as an Aspect of Statecraft in Southern Sung China
Linda Walton Moral Duty and Self-Regulating Process in Southern Sung Views of Famine Relief
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