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Author Loewe, Michael, author
Title Problems of Han administration : ancestral rites, weights and measures, and the means of protest / by Michael Loewe
Imprint Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2016]
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  DS748.13 L827 2016    AVAILABLE    30530001263037
 Modern History Library  931.04 L827    AVAILABLE    30550100618444
Descript xi, 326 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Series China studies, 1570-1344 ; volume 33
China studies (Leiden, Netherlands) ; v. 33
Note "Michael Loewe calls on literary and material evidence to examine three problems that arose in administering China's early empires. Religious rites due to an emperor's predecessors must both pay the correct services to his ancestors and demonstrate his right to succeed to the throne. In practical terms, tax collectors, merchants, farmers and townsmen required the establishment of a standard set of weights and measures that was universally operative and which they could trust. Those who saw reason to criticise the decisions taken by the emperor and his immediate advisors, whether on grounds of moral principles or political expediency, needed opportunities and the means of expressing their views, whether as remonstrants to the throne, by withdrawal from public life or as authors of private writings"--Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references and index
Part 1. The concept of zhaomu and its place in the services to imperial ancestors from Chunqiu times to Qing -- Introduction to part 1 -- The concept and application of zhaomu -- The two series of imperial cults -- Zhaomu from pre-imperial times to eastern Han -- Zhaomu from the Three Kingdoms to the close of Qing -- The sites for imperial tombs -- The Ming Tang -- Appendix to part 1 -- List of works cited part 1 -- Part 2. The standardisation of weights and measures; inscriptions on bronze vessels of the Han dynasty and the Jia Liang Hu made for Wang Mang -- Introduction to part 2 -- Sources of information -- The standardisation of weights and measures -- The evidence of Han Shu -- Inscriptions of the Zhan Guo, Qin and Han periods -- The Jia liang hu 嘉量斛 -- The Wei Dou vessel -- Conclusion -- Appendix to part 2 -- List of works cited part 2 -- Part 3. Protest and criticism in the Han Empire -- Introduction to part 3 -- Occasions for criticism -- Types of argument and the means of taking action -- Criticism of an emperor -- Criticism of officials -- Themes and incidents of criticism -- The results of protest -- Conclusion -- List of works cited part 3
Subject China -- History -- Han dynasty, 202 B.C.-220 A.D
China -- Politics and government -- 221 B.C.-220 A.D
China -- Social life and customs -- 221 B.C.-960 A.D
Imperialism -- Social aspects -- China -- History -- To 1500
China -- Kings and rulers -- Family relationships -- History
Genealogy -- Political aspects -- China -- History -- To 1500
Rites and ceremonies -- China -- History -- To 1500
Weights and measures -- China -- History -- To 1500
Protest movements -- China -- History -- To 1500
Critics -- China -- History -- To 1500
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