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Daily Life in Ancient China

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  • Author: Mu-chou Poo, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Date Published: June 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107605466

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  • In this volume, Mu-chou Poo offers a new overview of daily life in ancient China. Synthesizing a range of textual and archaeological materials, he brings a thematic approach to the topic that enables a multi-faceted understanding of the ideological, economical, legal, social, and emotional aspects of life in ancient China. The volume focuses on the Han period and examines key topics such as government organization and elite ideology, urban and country life, practical technology, leisure and festivity, and death and burial customs. Written in clear and engaging prose, this volume serves as a useful introduction to the culture and society of ancient China. It also enables students to better understand the construction of history and to reflect critically on the nature of historical writing.

    • Provides a new synthesis of daily life in ancient China using textual and archaeological material, filling a gap in the knowledge of life and culture in ancient China from a daily life experience angle
    • Employs a thematic approach to study the structure of daily life, allowing the reader to gain a multi-faceted understanding of the ideological, economic, legal, social, and emotional aspects of life in ancient China
    • Emphasizes the provisional nature of historical knowledge, allowing readers to gain an idea of the construction of historical knowledge through the examples of Han material
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107605466
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The stage
    2. Government organization and elite ideology
    3. Social structure and law
    4. Country life
    5. Cities and urban life
    6. Production, consumption, and ideological constraints
    7. Practical technology
    8. Leisure and entertainment, games and festivals
    9. Glimpses of emotional life
    10. Death, burial, and the hope of a happy afterlife
    Conclusion: continuation and transformation of life experience

  • Author

    Mu-chou Poo, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Mu-chou Poo is Chair and Professor of History at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include society and religion in Ancient Egypt and China and comparative ancient history. He is author of and editor of five books, most recently Old Society, New Belief:  Religious Transformation of China and Rome, ca.1st–6th Centuries (2017).

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