Erlitou and the Formation of Chinese Civilization: Toward a New Paradigm

  title={Erlitou and the Formation of Chinese Civilization: Toward a New Paradigm},
  author={Sarah Allan},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={461 - 496}
  • Sarah Allan
  • Published 2007
  • History
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
This paper offers an alternative paradigm to dynastic history and state formation with which to understand the formation of Chinese civilization: cultural hegemony. It argues that an elite culture first crystallized in the early second millennium BCE at Yanshi Erlitou in Henan Province in which bronze was associated with a set of religious practices centered on ancestral offerings. It established a cultural hegemony over the Chinese continental region by the middle of the millennium (early… Expand
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