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  • Legends of the Building of Old Peking

Legends of the Building of Old Peking

Chan Hok-lam


English , 2008/01 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press

Tags: History, Cultural Studies

229 x 152 mm , 436pp ISBN : 978-962-996-313-2

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Legends of the Building of Old Peking examines a series of popular legends surrounding the building and rebuilding of the city that served as the capital of a succession of dynasties, including the Nazha or Nezha City legend of the Yuan (1272-1368) “Great Capital” and the Ming (1368-1644) “Northern Capital”, and the Mongolian legend of “siting by bowshot to locate the capital city” and its Chinese adaptations. These legends reveal a rich tapestry of religious and cultural traditions surrounding the majority Han and non-Han people's conceptions of the origins of their capital cities─legends that are distinct from imperial ideologies and dynastic traditions, and evolved under changing political and cultural circumstances. The book is a unique study of the historical origins of old Peking (spelled thus to distinguish it from modern Beijing) as well as the genesis and efflorescence of related popular culture in today's capital of China.

Hok-lam Chan is Affiliate Professor of Chinese History, Department of Asian Languages and Literature, University of Washington, Seattle; and Honorary Professor, Institute of Chinese Studies, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. A specialist in late imperial China, he is the author of a number of books, including Legitimation in Imperial China, The Fall of the Jurchen Chin, China and the Mongols (Variorum); and three volumes of essays in Chinese on Song and Ming history published by The Chinese University Press.

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