Crisis and Conflict in Han China 104 BC to AD 9 - Michael LoeweLondon: George Allen & Unwin, 1974, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper toned on the verso. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Text complete, clean and tight.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps; Tables; List of abbreviations; Glossary; Frontispiece; Folding Tables (1); Appendix;
From the cover: “This book illustrates the growth of two attitudes towards government during the first century BC, the one progressive, realist and forward looking, the other conservative, idealist and harking back to the past. For the first time an historian of Han China attempts to demonstrate the close relationship that existed between political decisions, intellectual policy and the choice of religious observances of state. At the same time he shows how personal ambitions and the intrigues of the palace were intimately involved with the interplay of these two basic attitudes.
The author has made the history of Han China his primary scholastic interest for some twenty years. He has chosen nine incidents or occasions when these two attitudes came into conflict and which serve to clarify the antagonisms which prevailed in China during the first century BC. This was a time when many of the permanent features of China’s intellectual framework and imperial institutions were being formulated, and the results of these conflicts extended far beyond the particular scandals or controversies of the day. The book is based on original Chinese sources, which are presented in a form that is suitable both for those who have a general interest in China’s early history and for university students who are specialising in Chinese studies.”