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China between Empires: The Northern and Southern Dynasties by Mark Edward Lewis (review)

China between Empires: The Northern and Southern Dynasties by Mark Edward Lewis (review) 350 China Review International: Vol. 18, No. 3, 2011 Mark Edward Lewis. China between Empires: The Northern and Southern Dynasties. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009. 347 pp. Includes index, bibliography, illustrations, and maps. Hardcover $29.95, isbn 978-0-674-02605-6. Mark Lewis’s volume is the second in a series, which began with e Ea Th rly Chinese Empires: Qin and Han, and continued with a further volume on China’s Cosmopoli- tan Empire: The Tang Dynasty, written in collaboration with Timothy Brook, editor of the series, and published in 2009. Further volumes by Brook, e T Th roubled Empire: China in the Yuan and Ming Dynasties (2010), and by William T. Rowe, China’s Last Empire: the Great Qing (2009), bring the Belknap project to the early twentieth century. It is an impressive collection of general history and a valuable survey of the field. In all Chinese history, the Period of Division, Nanbei chao or the Northern and Southern Dynasties, from the early third to the late sixth century c.e., is one of the most complex and difficult to deal with. Lewis’s primary title, China between Empires, indicates the heart of the problem: the people of the time had little http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

China between Empires: The Northern and Southern Dynasties by Mark Edward Lewis (review)

China Review International , Volume 18 (3) – Oct 1, 2013

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350 China Review International: Vol. 18, No. 3, 2011 Mark Edward Lewis. China between Empires: The Northern and Southern Dynasties. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009. 347 pp. Includes index, bibliography, illustrations, and maps. Hardcover $29.95, isbn 978-0-674-02605-6. Mark Lewis’s volume is the second in a series, which began with e Ea Th rly Chinese Empires: Qin and Han, and continued with a further volume on China’s Cosmopoli- tan Empire: The Tang Dynasty, written in collaboration with Timothy Brook, editor of the series, and published in 2009. Further volumes by Brook, e T Th roubled Empire: China in the Yuan and Ming Dynasties (2010), and by William T. Rowe, China’s Last Empire: the Great Qing (2009), bring the Belknap project to the early twentieth century. It is an impressive collection of general history and a valuable survey of the field. In all Chinese history, the Period of Division, Nanbei chao or the Northern and Southern Dynasties, from the early third to the late sixth century c.e., is one of the most complex and difficult to deal with. Lewis’s primary title, China between Empires, indicates the heart of the problem: the people of the time had little

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 1, 2013

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