The Destruction of the Medieval Chinese Aristocracy by Nicolas Tackett (review)

@article{Chen2015TheDO,
  title={The Destruction of the Medieval Chinese Aristocracy by Nicolas Tackett (review)},
  author={Song Chen},
  journal={Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies},
  year={2015},
  volume={75},
  pages={233 - 243}
}
  • Song Chen
  • Published 2015
  • Art
  • Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
  • In The Destruction of the Medieval Chinese Aristocracy, his superb prosopographical study of the Tang political elite in the decades immediately preceding the dynasty’s collapse, Nicolas Tackett examines one of the most profound changes associated with the Tang–Song transition— the “transformation in the nature and composition of the Chinese sociopolitical elite” (p. 5). In an oft-quoted passage, the twelfth-century scholar Zheng Qiao 鄭樵 (1104–1162)1 described this change as follows: “Up until… CONTINUE READING

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