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  • Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms

Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms

Edited by Peter Lorge


English , 2011/07 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press

Tags: Academic Monograph on Chinese History / Culture

229 x 152 x 21 mm , 264pp ISBN : 978-962-996-418-4

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The period of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (907-960) has long been treated as an anomaly in the history of China, an age of great disunity between the empires of the Tang and the Song dynasties. Breaking with previous scholarship on China's middle period, this edited volume presents individual studies that focus on the art, culture, and politics of the interregnum, challenging underlying assumptions about the unitary nature of dynastic culture and its value as a category of historical analysis. It understands these decades as a time of important transition in which the incipient cultural shifts of the mature Tang dynasty turned into the foundations of Song society. Consequently it highlights the complex narrative processes that gave birth to Song culture.

Peter Lorge is a senior lecturer of Chinese and military history at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of War, Politics, and Society in Early Modern China, 900–1795and The Asian Military Revolution: From Gunpowder to the Bomb.

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