London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1974. First Edition (presumed). Hardcover. Used - Very Good/Fine. Red decorative paper boards with gilt lettering to spine. Corners sharp. Binding tight and square. Fold out genealogy table. Illustrations. 14.5 x 22 cm. Appendix. Glossary. Index. 340 pp. / Very Good/Fine. Well preserved. Brodart protective cover applied. Item #10236
This book illustrates the growth of two attitudes towards government during the first century BC, the one progressive, realist and forward looking, the other conservative, idealist and harking back to the past. For the first time an historian of Han China attempts to demonstrate the close relationship that existed between political decisions, intellectual policy and the choice of religious observances of state. At the same time he shows how personal ambitions and intrigues of the palace were intimately involved with the interplay of these two basic attitudes.