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Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series 123

Structures of the Earth

Metageographies of Early Medieval China

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$68.00 • £54.95 • €61.00

ISBN 9780674251168

Publication Date: 01/19/2021


415 pages

6 x 9 inches

2 photos, 11 illus., 17 maps

Harvard University Asia Center > Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series


  • List of Figures and Maps
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chronology of Sinitic Cores in the Early Medieval Period
  • Introduction
    • Metageographies
    • China, Reconsidered
    • Geographical Writing
  • 1. Geographical Writing
    • Defining the Genre
    • Warring States and Han Antecedents
    • Heterogeneous Origins
    • Consolidation of the Genre
    • Rewriting the History of Geography
    • Conclusion
  • 2. Region and Ecumene
    • Han Imperial Metageography
    • Local Geographies and Ecumenical Regionalism
    • Regionalism within Imperial Recovery
    • Southern Frontier to Secondary Core
    • Conclusion
  • 3. North and South
    • The Tabgatch and Jiankang Empires
    • Provincialized Empires
    • Equal and Complementary Halves
    • Conclusion
  • 4. Mountains and Rivers
    • Nature in the Imperial Metageography
    • Primacy and Omnipresence of Water
    • Natural Spaces: Mountains and Rivers
    • Mountains
    • Rivers
    • Conclusion
  • 5. East and West
    • Grand Objective or Minor Interests
    • Center of the Earth
    • Bipolar World: Buddhist West and Sinitic East
    • Conclusion
  • Conclusion
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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