Cosmology and Political Culture in Early China

Cambridge University Press (2000)
This radical reinterpretation of the formative stages of Chinese culture and history traces the central role played by cosmology in the formation of China's early empires. It crosses the disciplines of history, social anthropology, archaeology, and philosophy to illustrate how cosmological systems, particularly the Five Elements, shaped political culture. By focusing on dynamic change in early cosmology, the book undermines the notion that Chinese cosmology was homogenous and unchanging. By arguing that cosmology was intrinsic to power relations, it also challenges prevailing theories of political and intellectual history.
Keywords Cosmology, Chinese  Political culture
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Call number BD518.C5.W29 2000
ISBN(s) 0521624207   0521027497   9780521624206   9780521027496
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