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Rethinking Warring States Cities: An Historical and Methodological Proposal

Rethinking Warring States Cities: An Historical and Methodological Proposal © Brill, Leiden 2002 JEAA 3, 1–2 RETHINKING WARRING STATES CITIES: AN HISTORICAL AND METHODOLOGICAL PROPOSAL BY WU HUNG 巫鴻 (University of Chicago) Abstract Unsatisfied with a rigid typology of Warring States cities based on static configurations of city walls, this paper approaches different urban forms during this period as linked phenomena in a broad sociopolitical movement. Through reexamining the expansion of several important cities such as Xue, Linzi, Xinzheng (Xiadu), Wuyang, and Qufu, the author argues that the most important feature of Warring States cities was not stability (as a necessary condition for a typology), but constant change (of the layout, enclosure, centers of administration and commerce, etc.). A study of these changes undermines the rigid division of cities into different types, and leads to the reconstruction of a city’s transformation as a dynamic historical process. This analysis also provides evidence for the historicity of the “ideal capital” ascribed in the “Kaogong ji” section of the Zhou li , an Eastern Zhou text. The great increases in the body of archaeological data on Warring States period (453–221 bc ) cities obtained through organized surveys and excavations conducted since the 1930s have led to various attempts to establish http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of East Asian Archaeology Brill

Rethinking Warring States Cities: An Historical and Methodological Proposal

Journal of East Asian Archaeology , Volume 3 (1): 237 – Jan 1, 2001

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Brill
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© 2002 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1387-6813
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1568-5233
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10.1163/156852301100402813
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© Brill, Leiden 2002 JEAA 3, 1–2 RETHINKING WARRING STATES CITIES: AN HISTORICAL AND METHODOLOGICAL PROPOSAL BY WU HUNG 巫鴻 (University of Chicago) Abstract Unsatisfied with a rigid typology of Warring States cities based on static configurations of city walls, this paper approaches different urban forms during this period as linked phenomena in a broad sociopolitical movement. Through reexamining the expansion of several important cities such as Xue, Linzi, Xinzheng (Xiadu), Wuyang, and Qufu, the author argues that the most important feature of Warring States cities was not stability (as a necessary condition for a typology), but constant change (of the layout, enclosure, centers of administration and commerce, etc.). A study of these changes undermines the rigid division of cities into different types, and leads to the reconstruction of a city’s transformation as a dynamic historical process. This analysis also provides evidence for the historicity of the “ideal capital” ascribed in the “Kaogong ji” section of the Zhou li , an Eastern Zhou text. The great increases in the body of archaeological data on Warring States period (453–221 bc ) cities obtained through organized surveys and excavations conducted since the 1930s have led to various attempts to establish

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Journal of East Asian ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2001

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