Birth of an empire: the state of Qin revisited

Lothar von Falkenhausen (Editor), Yuri Pines (Editor), Gideon Shelach-Lavi (Editor), Robin D. S Yates (Editor)

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In 221 BCE the state of Qin vanquished its rivals and established the first empire on Chinese soil, starting a millennium-long imperial age in Chinese history. Hailed by some and maligned by many, Qin has long been an enigma. In this pathbreaking study, the authors integrate textual sources with newly available archeological and paleographic materials, providing a boldly novel picture of Qin’s cultural and political trajectory, its evolving institutions and its religion, its place in China’s history, and the reasons for its success and for its ultimate collapse.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBerkeley
PublisherUniversity of California Press
Number of pages395
ISBN (Print)1938169077, 9781938169076
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameNew perspectives on Chinese culture and society
PublisherUniversity of California Press

Bibliographical note

Papers originally presented at a conference held in December 2008 at the Institute for Advanced Study, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


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