A Centre of Decentralization: Transformation of the Organization of the Craft Industry in the Capital Region of the Western Han Empire and Its Implication
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AbstractIn the Chinese Bronze Age, craft specialization has been considered as one key dimension in understanding the system of political economies. Remains associated with various types of craft production, especially bronze and iron, were commonly found in workshops located in capitals or important walled-towns. As recognized by many previous studies, this type of concentration also characterized the trajectory of urbanism in ancient China. Even though the Han Empire inherited various tradition from the Qin and other predecessors, the organization of the craft industry in the entire capital
region, known as Guanzhong, witnessed significant transformations in contrast to Bronze Age China. This presentation first synthesizes those transformations in archaeological evidence. We argue that “decentralization” is a key characteristic to capture the entire process. As the big shift was related to changes of both economic roles and ideological conceptualization of capitals in the Han period, the analysis of this issue can shed new light on the Han political economy.
Acceptance Date01/11/2017
All Author(s) ListLAM WENGCHEONG
Name of ConferenceText, Artifact and Context: A Workshop on Cultural Practices in Early China (organized by Baptist University)
Start Date of Conference13/12/2017
End Date of Conference13/12/2017
Place of ConferenceHong Kong
Country/Region of ConferenceHong Kong
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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