The Urban Life of the Song Dynasty

By Li Chuntang

Contributions by: Liu Chuan, Qiu Yun, He Qiuhua

The Song Dynasty (960-1279), which lasted for more than 300 years, straddled two periods in Chinese history: the Northern Song Dynasty and the Southern Song Dynasty. The capital cities of these Dynasties were Dongjing and Lin'an. Written by leading Chinese historical expert Li Chuntang, this book reveals the importance of these urban centers upon China's overall development and history. The book shows how the collapse of a restricted trade system in the middle of the Northern Song Dynasty led to great social transformation. It examines the critical aspects of the urban economy, culture, customs, and politics within the famous cities of the Song Dynasty. (Series: Insight on Ancient China)


400 pages

Publication Date: 1/1/2014
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781844643530