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The Destruction of the Medieval Chinese Aristocracy (Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series)

Tackett, Nicolas

Published by Harvard University Asia Center
ISBN 10: 0674492056 / ISBN 13: 9780674492059
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Publisher: Harvard University Asia Center

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Using the new tools of GIS and social network analysis, Nicolas Tackett shows that the great Tang aristocratic families were more successful than previously believed in adapting to social and economic changes in the seventh and eighth centuries. Tang political influence waned only after many of them were killed during the three decades after 880. Series: Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series. Num Pages: 310 pages, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white). BIC Classification: HBJF; HBLC1. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 234 x 163 x 24. Weight in Grams: 600. . 2014. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780674492059

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Synopsis: The complete disappearance by the tenth century of the medieval Chinese aristocracy, the "great clans" that had dominated China for centuries, has long perplexed historians. In this book, Nicolas Tackett resolves the enigma of their disappearance by using new, digital methodologies to analyze a dazzling array of sources. He systematically exploits the thousands of funerary biographies excavated in recent decades--most of them never before examined by scholars--while taking full advantage of the explanatory power of Geographic Information System (GIS) and social network analysis. Tackett supplements these analyses with an extensive use of anecdotes culled from epitaphs, prose literature, and poetry, bringing to life the women and men of a millennium ago. The Destruction of the Medieval Chinese Aristocracy demonstrates that the great Tang aristocratic families were far more successful than previously believed in adapting to the social, economic, and institutional transformations of the seventh and eighth centuries. Their political influence collapsed only after a large proportion of them were physically eliminated during the three decades of extreme violence that followed Huang Chao's sack of the capital cities in 880 CE.

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Historians have long been perplexed by the complete disappearance of the medieval Chinese aristocracy by the tenth century?the ?great clans? that had dominated China for centuries. In this book, Nicolas Tackett resolves the enigma of their disappearance, using new, digital methodologies to analyze a dazzling array of sources.

Tackett systematically mines thousands of funerary biographies excavated in recent decades?most of them never before examined by scholars?while taking full advantage of the explanatory power of Geographic Information System (GIS) methods and social network analysis. Tackett supplements these analyses with extensive anecdotes culled from epitaphs, prose literature, and poetry, bringing to life women and men who lived a millennium in the past. The Destruction of the Medieval Chinese Aristocracy demonstrates that the great Tang aristocratic families adapted to the social, economic, and institutional transformations of the seventh and eighth centuries far more successfully than previously believed. Their political influence collapsed only after a large number were killed during three decades of extreme violence following Huang Chao?s sack of the capital cities in 880 CE.

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