Purchase on Power:Imperial Space and Commercial Space in Song-Dynasty Kaifeng, 960-1127

Purchase on Power:Imperial Space and Commercial Space in Song-Dynasty Kaifeng, 960-1127 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/002249910X12573963244322 Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 53 (2010) 149-184 brill.nl/jesh Purchase on Power: Imperial Space and Commercial Space in Song-Dynasty Kaifeng, 960-1127 Christian de Pee * Abstract In Song-dynasty Kaifeng, empire and emporia existed in a relationship of mutual depen- dence and mutual competition. Th e imperial government depended on merchants for the shipment of grain and goods to supply its massive armies and to pay the salaries of its offi - cials; the merchants derived their income directly or indirectly from these government expenditures. Th e concentration of wealth and goods in the capital generated in turn a culture of sumptuary competition. Th e contests over space in the streets of the capital, and the competition for the goods that circulated through them, reveal confi gurations of power that rarely fi nd direct expression in writing. À Kaifeng, capitale des Song du Nord, l’empire et les emporia se trouvaient dans une rela- tion de dépendance mais aussi de compétition. En eff et, le gouvernement impérial dépen- dait des marchands pour le transport des grains et des marchandises avec lesquels il approvisionnait ses armées et payait http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient Brill

Purchase on Power:Imperial Space and Commercial Space in Song-Dynasty Kaifeng, 960-1127

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Brill
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© 2010 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0022-4995
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1568-5209
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10.1163/002249910X12573963244322
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/002249910X12573963244322 Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 53 (2010) 149-184 brill.nl/jesh Purchase on Power: Imperial Space and Commercial Space in Song-Dynasty Kaifeng, 960-1127 Christian de Pee * Abstract In Song-dynasty Kaifeng, empire and emporia existed in a relationship of mutual depen- dence and mutual competition. Th e imperial government depended on merchants for the shipment of grain and goods to supply its massive armies and to pay the salaries of its offi - cials; the merchants derived their income directly or indirectly from these government expenditures. Th e concentration of wealth and goods in the capital generated in turn a culture of sumptuary competition. Th e contests over space in the streets of the capital, and the competition for the goods that circulated through them, reveal confi gurations of power that rarely fi nd direct expression in writing. À Kaifeng, capitale des Song du Nord, l’empire et les emporia se trouvaient dans une rela- tion de dépendance mais aussi de compétition. En eff et, le gouvernement impérial dépen- dait des marchands pour le transport des grains et des marchandises avec lesquels il approvisionnait ses armées et payait

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Journal of the Economic and Social History of the OrientBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: Kaifeng; imperial; Song China; commercial city-space; markets; empires

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