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Dynamic Interpretation of Early Cities

by Xu Hong

Publisher: SDX Joint Publishing Company

Date Published: 2016/05/05

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ISBN: 978-7-108-05534-7

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This is an archaeological monograph on China’s ancient capitals. By exploring abundant illustrations of ancient capital sites, the author tries to dynamically interpret the whole development history of China's ancient capitals by introducing each single one. The book points out that for most of the time, during the almost 2000 years from the earliest Erlitou (二里头) to the Ye city (邺城), there existed an era where ancient capitals didn’t have outer enclosures, due to the factors such as the strong national power, the military and diplomatic advantage, the complexity of the residents, the natural conditions, etc. Thus an era of “the huge ancient capitals without guards” formed and lasted for over 1000 years. The concept mentioned in the book, that “China’s ancient capitals don’t have outer enclosure”, challenges the idea that “every settlement owns walled enclosure” in the traditional research of China’s ancient capitals.

Xu Hong, born in 1963. He is a researcher in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. His interests lie in archaeological research of China’s early cities, early countries and civilization.

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