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Chinese civilization (Meridian books) by Marcel Granet

By Marcel Granet

Initially released among 1920-70,The historical past of Civilization used to be a landmark in early 20th century publishing. It was once released at a formative time in the social sciences, and through a interval of decisive ancient discovery. the purpose of the final editor, C.K. Ogden, was once to summarize the freshest findings and theories of historians, anthropologists, archaeologists and sociologists. This reprinted fabric is offered as a collection or within the following groupings: * Prehistory and old Ethnography Set of 12: 0-415-15611-4: GBP800.00 * Greek Civilization Set of seven: 0-415-15612-2: GBP450.00 * Roman Civilization Set of 6: 0-415-15613-0: GBP400.00 * jap Civilizations Set of 10: 0-415-15614-9: GBP650.00 * Judaeo-Christian Civilization Set of four: 0-415-15615-7: GBP250.00 * eu Civilization Set of eleven: 0-415-15616-5: GBP700.00

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A new capital was built at Hien-yang. " AU the little towns and villages were gathered into great prefectures (to the number of 41) ; at the head of each was placed a prefect. . , they replaced the tithe (which according to tradition was made up of the produce of the central squares ; the tithe of the ninth), by a system of taxes. All the traditions of the feudal regime were broken. Wall, ceasing to be thought of as a procedure destined to reveal and to carry out the judgment of Heaven, became an industry.

L and 1 2. 2 SMC, T, 42. Cf. LV. 377. 3 LV. , for political reasons, the subject of different schuols of speculation. All held that the Order of the Universe and Time itself were ordained by the joint action of the Five Elementary Virtues. These were incarnated in Five Sovereigns successively. he Five Elements involved the theory that they exercised their activity by triumphing one over the other. This idea led to the recon­ struction under the form of historical facts, of the debris of old myths, in which the heroes were envisaged struggling against one another like demiurges.

The historian does not introduce any division into this long period. his timc several leading nobles took the title of king. Some amongst them are qualified as Leaders. C. It sets the period of the Five Sovereigns and the Three Dynasties over against that of the Five Leaders. The first Leaders were 23 24 TRADITIONAL HISTORY princes l:uling over wide lands who attempted to give China a new royal dynasty, and who played an important part in the epoch of the Combatant Kingdoms. 1 I THE LEADERS " Leader " is used to translate two terms which the Chinese historians frequently use as interchangeable.

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