Communication and Cooperation in Early Imperial China: Publicizing the Qin Dynasty (SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture)

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Challenges conventional perspectives of the Qin dynasty as an oppressive regime through revealing cooperative features of its governance.

This revealing e-book demanding situations longstanding notions of the Qin dynasty, China’s first imperial dynasty (221–206 BCE). The acquired historical past of the Qin dynasty and its founder is one among merciless tyranny with rule via worry and coercion. utilizing a wealth of latest info afforded through the growth of chinese language archaeology in contemporary a long time in addition to conventional old resources, Charles Sanft concentrates on cooperative points of early imperial executive, specially at the verbal exchange important for presidency. Sanft means that the Qin experts sought cooperation from the population with a exposure crusade in a wide selection of media—from bronze and stone inscriptions to roads to the forms. The e-book integrates concept from anthropology and economics with early chinese language philosophy and argues that glossy social technological know-how and old proposal agree that cooperation is important for all human societies.

“…Charles Sanft proposes a cosmopolitan reinterpretation of Qin imperial heritage and political symbolism by means of having a look past the rapid pragmatic results of political measures so one can probe their wider communicative reasons … He no doubt succeeds admirably in his declared target to undermine the normal photo of mindless Qin barbarity through providing a fashion of viewing Qin actions that makes them intelligible as a substitute … Sanft succeeds in an exemplary style at using either new proof and novel methods. He merits to be congratulated on either accounts.” — Chinet

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