The Origins of the State and the Formation of Monarchy in Ancient China Part I


Title: The Origins of the State and the Formation

of Monarchy in Ancient China Part I

Author: Wang Zhenzhong

Translated by Lian Zheyu

ISBN: 978-1-84464-672-2

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-84464-673-9

Hardback - 630 pages

February 2022

English

£75 €118 $120






 

Description:

China has a history of more than 5,000 years of civilization, but when, where, and what kind of process did the splendid Chinese civilization come into being? Many predecessors in academia and masters of Chinese studies have discussed this issue. The author of this book adopts a multi-disciplinary research method, extensively uses the theories of archaeology, history, and anthropology, systematically sorts out and analyzes archaeological discoveries, and analyzes various ancient histories handed down from ancient times. The legend tried to do an integrated interpretation, put forward a series of innovative theoretical viewpoints, and constructed a brand-new ancient history research system.


The topic is an interested issue for scholars and experts to discover the development of Chinese civilization.

The materials, including data, illustrations, are the newest ones, they can help readers and researchers to better understand and research ancient China.


 

Content:

FOREWORD

Part I From Hamlet to Local Capital State

INTRODUCTION Certain Theoretical Issues in Research on the Origins of the State

I. Concept and Definition of the State

II. Indicators of State Formation

III. Theory of “Three Social Divisions of Labor” and China’s Historical Realities

IV. Merits and Demerits of “Military Democracy” and “Confederacy of Tribes” Theories

V. Contributions and Limitations of Chiefdom Theories

VI. Contributions and Deficiencies of Social Stratification Theories

VII. The “Settlement Evolutionary Trilogy” Theory on the Paths of the Emergence of Civilization and the State

VIII. The “Local State—Kingdom—Empire” Theory

IX. Other Thoughts

CHAPTER ONE Egalitarian Agricultural Sedentary Societies

I. The Early Neolithic Period: The Origins of Agriculture and the Emergence of Agricultural Settlements

II. Egalitarianism and Inclusiveness in Agricultural Settlements in the Mid-Late Neolithic Period

CHAPTER TWO Inegalitarian Central Settlements, Lineage Towns and Chiefdom Societies

I. Embryonic Central Settlements and Initial Social Inequality

II. Social Phenomena after the Rise of Central Settlements

III. Palatial Complexes and Lineage-based Partitioned Houses after the Rise of Central Settlements

IV. Social Form of the Moated Yuchisi Settlement in Mengcheng

V. Walled Sites after the Rise of Central Settlements: Chengtoushan in Lixian and Xishan in Zhengzhou

VI. Primitive Religious Sacred Places after the Rise of Central Settlements: Temples and Grand-scale Atlas

VII. General Characteristics of Central Settlements, Primitive Lineage Towns

and Chiefdom Society

CHAPTER THREE Three Paths of Class Formation

I. The Patriarchal Clan – The Broad Basis and Primary Path of State Formation

II. A Slave Class Resulting from War Captives

III. A Ruling Class Arising from Social Functions

CHAPTER FOUR Transformation of the Prehistoric Power System

I. The Spatiality of Power and the Sociality of Religion

II. Contribution of Warfare to the Growth of Prehistoric Power

III. Centrality of Power and Social Functions

CHAPTER FIVE Early States in China – Local Capital States in the Longshan Period

I. Capital Cities and States in the Longshan Period

II. Taosi Capital Settlement and Local State: Case Study 1

III. Guchengzhai Capital Settlement and Local State: Case Study 2

IV. Mojiaoshan Capital Settlement and Features of Liangzhu Civilization: Case Study 3

CHAPTER SIX From Buzu State to Nation State and the Formation of the Huaxia Nation

I. Concepts of Nation and Buzu and Self-Consciousness of the Huaxia ation

II. Buzu States and Confederation of Local States in the Five-Thearchs Era.

BIBLIOGRAPHY


 

Author:

Wang Zhenzhong is a member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, deputy director of the History Department, and a researcher at the Institute of Ancient History of the Chinese Academy of History. His academic expertise is pre-Qin history, ancient Chinese civilization history, and archaeology. Representative works include "A Comparative Study of the Origin of Chinese Civilization" and so on.


 

The Origins of the State and the Formation of Monarchy in Ancient China Part I

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