Cities of aristocrats and bureaucrats : the development of medieval Chinese cityscapes /
Heng Chye Kiang.
Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, c1999.
xviii, 240 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
0824819829 (alk. paper)
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Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, c1999.
0824819829 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 210-223) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-09-01:
Heng analyzes the abandonment of the carefully planned, strictly controlled administrative city that reached its height in the Tang Dynasty capital, Chang'an (modern Xian), and its replacement in the 11th century by the open city as exemplified by the capitals of the northern and southern Song. The old capital was divided into walled wards, with nightly curfew and commerce confined to designated markets; the open capital, though still the site of government, was commerce-driven, with bustling streets and a lively night life. Changes in the appearance of the city and in city life went hand in hand. Heng (School of Architecture, National Univ. of Singapore) provides a sound account of the underlying social/political changes from aristocracy to bureaucracy (hence the title), but the real strength of this exceptionally well illustrated book is its wealth of valuable detail based on wide reading of primary and secondary sources. Students of the history of the city in China and elsewhere will find it a most valuable resource. Suitable for upper-division undergraduates and above. C. Schirokauer; Columbia University
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Main Description
Describes and examines the structures of the capital cities and major urban centers from the Sui to the Northern Song period. It also provides an in-depth account of the process of transformation from the curfew controlled city of the Tang period to the open city of the Song.
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"This book provides an in-depth account of the process of transformation from the curfewed city of the Tang period to the open city of the Song. It analyses the multi-dimensional factors that gradually led to the development of an urban culture which in turn helped cement the trend towards the open city with its irregular layout and distinct urban tissue and silhouette."--BOOK JACKET.
Table of Contents
List of Selected Dynasties and Rulers
Dynasty Periods of Ancient China
The Tang City
The Transition
Attempted Return To Urban Control
The Song Cityscape
The Open City
A New Urban Paradigm
Selected Bibliography
Western Languages
Chinese and Japanese Languages
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