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The Age of Confucian Rule: The Song Transformation of China

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Just over a thousand years ago, the Song dynasty emerged as the most advanced civilization on earth. Within two centuries, China was home to nearly half of all humankind. In this concise history, we learn why the inventiveness of this era has been favorably compared with the European Renaissance, which in many ways the Song transformation surpassed. With the chaotic dissolution of the Tang dynasty, the old aristocratic families vanished. A new class of scholar-officials-products of a meritocratic examination system-took up ...

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The Age of Confucian Rule: The Song Transformation of China
2011, The Belknap Press, Cambridge, Mass.

ISBN-13: 9780674062023

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The Age of Confucian Rule: The Song Transformation of China
2009, Belknap Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674031463

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