This book offers a radical reinterpretation of the formative stages
of Chinese culture and history, tracing the central role played by
cosmology in the formation of China's early empires. It crosses the
disciplines of history, social anthropology, archaeology, and
philosophy to illustrate how cosmological systems, particularly the
Five Elements, shaped political culture. By focusing on dynamic
change in early cosmology, the book undermines the notion that
Chinese cosmology was homogenous and unchanging. By arguing that
cosmology was intrinsic to power relations, it also challenges
prevailing theories of political and intellectual history.
Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
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