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The Ancient Highlands of Southwest China: From the Bronze Age to the Han Empire
 

The Ancient Highlands of Southwest China: From the Bronze Age to the Han Empire (Paperback)

By Yao, Alice

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Although long considered to be a barren region on the periphery of ancient Chinese civilization, the southwest massif was once the political heartland of numerous Bronze Age polities. Their distinctive material tradition-intricately cast bronze kettle drums and cowrie shell conta...iners-has given archaeologists and historians a glimpse of the extraordinary wealth, artistry, and power exercised by highland leaders over the course of the first millennium BC. In the first century BC, Han imperial conquest reduced local power and began a process of cultural assimilation. Instead of a clash between center and periphery or barbarism and civilization, this book examines the classic study of imperial rule as a confrontation between different political temporalities. The author provides an archaeological account of the southwest where Bronze Age landscape formations and funerary traditions bring to light a history of competing warrior cultures and kingly genealogies. In particular, the book illustrates how mourners used funerals and cemetery mounds to transmit social biographies and tribal affiliations across successive generations. Han incorporation thus entangled the orders of state time with the generational cycles of local factions, foregrounding the role of time in the production of power relations in imperial frontiers. The book extends approaches to empires to show how prehistoric time frames continue to shape the futures of frontier subjects despite imperial efforts to unify space and histories.
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ISBN 9780190882341
Released NZ 15 May 2018
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Format Paperback
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Series Oxford Studies in the Archaeology of Ancient States
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ISBN-13 9780190882341
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Imprint Oxford University Press Inc
Released 15 May 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Yao, Alice
Series Oxford Studies in the Archaeology of Ancient States
Category World History: BCE To C 500 CE
Asian / Middle Eastern History
Archaeology By Period / Region
Imperialism
Number of Pages 284
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 100mm
Spine: 235mm
Dewey Code 931
Weight 412g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress China - Civilization - To 221 BC
NBS Text Archaeology
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly

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