Traces of Grand Peace : classics and state activism in imperial China

Song, Jaeyoon, 1969-

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  • Creator Jaeyoon Song
  • Format Books
  • Publication Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Asia Center, 2015.
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  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (xiv, 434 pages) : illustrations
  • ISBNs 9781684170821, 1684170826, 9780674088368, 0674088360
  • OCLC ocn999606457


  • "Illuminates the interplay between classics, thinkers, and government in statist reform in Northern Song (960-1127) China and explains why the uneasy marriage between classics and state activism had to fail"--


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-408) and index.
  • Some texts are translated from the Chinese.


  • A brief history of the Zhouli, 200 BC-900 AD -- Part I. Wealth, power, and legitimacy -- The ascent of the Zhouli before the new policies -- The Zhouli and Li Gou's constitutional agenda -- The rise of the Zhouli during the new policies -- Part II. Bureaucracy and state management -- The new learning and the politics of etymology -- Premiership and the principles of bureaucracy -- The supreme ruler and political legitimacy -- Part III. Economic plans, social organization, and moral suasion -- Economic plans and popular welfare -- The realms of governance and education -- "Unify moralities and correct customs" -- Part IV. Political visions and plans for reform in the new policies -- The political geography of the Western Zhou -- The Fengjian system in the Zhouli -- The market, social organization, and military structure -- Afterward : taking back the Zhouli in Southern Song
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