Rural China in the Song

@article{Golas1980RuralCI,
  title={Rural China in the Song},
  author={Peter J. Golas},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  year={1980},
  volume={39},
  pages={291 - 325}
}
  • Peter J. Golas
  • Published 1 February 1980
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
That the late Tang and Song form a watershed in Chinese history is an idea that needs no introduction in these pages. It has won the general acceptance of scholars of the most varying historical (and political) persuasions. New political institutions, including a sophisticated bureaucracy staffed by officials chosen for their ability; a proliferation of cities and towns, as well as the markets to support them; the largest standing army seen anywhere in the world to that time; a brilliant… 

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