Sui-Tang Chang'an

A Study in the Urban History of Late Medieval China
Volume 85
Victor C. Xiong
An exhaustive look at an important early urban center


Chang'an was the most important city in early imperial China, yet this is the first comprehensive study of the Sui-Tang capital in the English language. Following a background sketch of the earlier Han dynasty Chang'an and an analysis of the canonical and geomantic bases of the layout of the Sui-Tang capital, this volume focuses on the essential components of the city--its palaces, central and local administrative quarters, ritual centers, marketplaces, residential wards, and monasteries. Based on careful textual and archaeological research, this volume gives a sense of why Sui-Tang Chang'an was considered the most spectacular metropolis of its age.

Victor C. Xiong is Associate Professor of Asian History and Chair of East Asian Studies, Western Michigan University. He has written several articles on the urban, cultural, and socioeconomic history of early imperial China, with special focus on the Sui-Tang period.

Praise / Awards

  • "This painstakingly researched and vividly written study distinguishes itself in its comprehensive coverage of the city."
    --Chye Kiang Heng, American Historical Review, December 2001
  • "As the only full-length treatment of medieval Chang'an in English, this monograph is a welcome addition to the scholar's reference library. . . . a significant contribution to historical and urban studies. . . . Let me commend the author for making this book as useful a reference work as one could hope for."
    --Jeffrey F. Meyer, The Journal of Asian Studies, August 2001
  • ". . . a serious study of one of China's most important cities during its most dynamic historical period. It is a significant contribution to Chinese urban, imperial, and institutional history."
    --Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 2002

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  • 6 x 9.
  • 416pp.
  • 16 Screens, 27 line drawings, and 9 photographs.
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