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Art, myth, and ritual : the path to political authority in ancient China

Author: Kwang-chih Chang
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1983.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"It provides a fundamental perspective for viewing the nature and structure of ancient Chinese civilization as having a strong political orientation."--Introduction.

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Chang, Kwang-chih.
Art, myth, and ritual.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1983
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kwang-chih Chang
ISBN: 0674048075 9780674048072 0674048083 9780674048089
OCLC Number: 9283243
Description: x, 142 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Clans, towns, and the political landscape --
Moral authority and coercive power --
Shamanism and politics --
Art as a path to authority --
Writing as the path to authority --
Access to the path --
The rise of political authority --
The kings of the three dynasties.
Responsibility: K.C. Chang.


Leading scholar K. C. Chang challenges long-standing conceptions of the rise of political authority in ancient China. This strikingly illustrated book is a persuasive demonstration of the importance  Read more...


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The general reader as well as the specialist will appreciate the book's clear discussion of many details, including the description of zoomorphic designs. Chang's interdisciplinary interpretive Read more...

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