Whaddup, virtual Boston!! I’m Monique Briones, and I assist the Global History and Global Politics editor, Caelyn Cobb. Please picture us ten feet tall and made of solid gold.
I’m super pumped to be introducing the Tang Center for Early China’s new series, with Li Feng and Anthony Barbieri as our series editors. Sponsored by the the Tang Center for Early China at Columbia University, the series presents new studies that make major contributions to our understanding of early Chinese civilization and break new theoretical or methodological ground in Early China studies, especially works that analyze newly discovered paleographic and manuscript materials and archaeological data.
Our series debutante, Modeling Peace: Royal Tombs and Political Ideology in Early China by Jie Shi! Modeling Peace shows how much we can learn about the politics of the Western Han through their tombs and funerary practices. Check the excerpt below and visit our series page to learn more!
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Royal Tombs and Political Ideology in Early China
“Innovative, thought-provoking, and sophisticated, Modeling Peace is a groundbreaking examination of the relationship between the tombs and the political ideology of the occupants, using topological, textual, and stylistic analysis.”
~Dame Jessica Rawson, University of Oxford
Among the ancient graves and tombs excavated to date in China, the Mancheng site stands out for its unparalleled complexity and richness. Modeling Peace interprets Western Han royal burial as a political ideology by closely reading the architecture and funerary content of this site and situating it in the historical context of imperialization.
Coming October 2020
The Archaeology of Craft Production in Late Shang China
“I believe this work to be of great significance to the field. Nothing like it has been published for Early China in English, and it establishes the groundwork for future synthetic studies of Shang craft working and economy.”
~Roderick B. Campbell, author of Violence, Kinship and the Early Chinese State
Through a systematic analysis of the archaeological materials available in both mainland China and Taiwan, Kingly Crafts provides a detailed picture of craft production in Anyang and paves the way for a new understanding of how the Shang capital functioned as a metropolis.