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The Confucian-Legalist State: A New Theory of Chinese History

Dingxin Zhao


This book analyzes the history of China between the 11th century BCE and 1911 under the guidance of a new theory of social change. It centers on two questions. First, how and why China was unified and developed into a bureaucratic empire under the state of Qin in 221 BCE? Second, how was it that, until the nineteenth century, the political and cultural structure of China that was institutionalized during the Western Han dynasty (206 BCE–8 CE) showed great resilience, despite great changes in demography, socioeconomic structure, ethnic composition, market relations, religious landscapes, techno ... More

Keywords: history of China, social change, Qin, Western Han dynasty, Neo-Confucian society, Song dynasty, industrial capitalism, Japanese imperialism, ancient China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199351732
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199351732.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dingxin Zhao, author
Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago