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Writing and the Ancient State: Early China in Comparative Perspective

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Writing and the Ancient State explores the early development of writing and its relationship to the growth of political structures. The first part of the book focuses on the contribution of writing to the state's legitimating project. The second part deals with the state's use of writing in administration, analyzing both textual and archaeological evidence to reconstruct how the state used bookkeeping to allocate land, police its people, and extract taxes from them. The third part focuses on education, the state's system ...

Writing and the Ancient State: Early China in Comparative Perspective 2014, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9781107028128

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