Chinese Civilization in the Making, 1766–221 BC

  • Jun Li

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jun Li
    Pages 1-5
  3. Jun Li
    Pages 49-65
  4. Jun Li
    Pages 121-144
  5. Jun Li
    Pages 145-149
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 150-206

About this book


This book provides a fresh interpretation of how Chinese civilization was created and transformed in the process of its early formation (1766-221 BC). It describes the principal features of that civilization which had a profound impact on the later development of Chinese history. In particular, it discusses in detail the main characteristics of the social and political organizations of that period, and argues that, contrary to the traditional interpretation, economic development in ancient China had its own dynamism.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Jun Li
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Oriental StudiesUniversity of CambridgeUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1996
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-25136-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-25134-6
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