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Religion and Architecture in Premodern Indonesia

Studies in Spatial Anthropology

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G. Domenig

In his richly illustrated Religion and Architecture in Premodern Indonesia Gaudenz Domenig investigates the nature of Indonesian ethnic religions by focusing on land opening rituals, sacred groves, and architectural responses to the custom of presenting offerings. Since deities and spirits were supposed to taste offerings on the spot, it was a task of architecture to attract them and to guide them into houses where offerings were presented.
Domenig quotes numerous sources to show that certain material elements of the house were viewed as spirit attractors, spirit ladders or spirit pathways. Various ‘exotic’ features of Indonesian vernacular architecture thus become understandable as relics from times when architecture was still responding to indigenous religions practised in the archipelago.

Edited by Ying Liu, Zhongping Chen and Gregory Blue

Zheng He’s Maritime Voyages (1405-1433) and China’s Relations with the Indian Ocean World: A Multilingual Bibliography provides a multidisciplinary guide to publications on this great navigator’s activities and their impact on Chinese and world history. Admiral Zheng He commanded the fifteenth-century world’s largest fleet. In the course of seven voyages made between 1405 and 1433, his massive ships visited over thirty present-day countries in Asia and Africa. Those voyages reflected and reinforced the development of complex networks of trade, migration, cultural exchange, and political interactions between China and the Indian Ocean world.
This bibliography lists sources in thirteen languages, including both scholarly studies and popular works like Gavin Menzies’s controversial bestsellers claiming the Chinese sailed around the world before Columbus. Relevant translations, transliterations and annotations are provided to aid the reader.

Fire over Luoyang

A History of the Later Han Dynasty 23-220 AD

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Rafe de Crespigny

Winner of the 2017 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award
The Later Han dynasty, also known as Eastern Han, ruled China for the first two centuries of the Christian era. Comparable in extent and power to the early Roman empire, it dominated east Asia from present-day Vietnam to the Mongolian steppe.
Rafe de Crespigny presents here the first full account of this period in Chinese history to be found in a Western language. Commencing with a detailed account of the imperial capital, the history describes the nature of government, the expansion of the Chinese people to the south, the conflicts of scholars and officials with eunuchs at court, and the final collapse which followed the rebellion of the Yellow Turbans and the rise of regional warlords.

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Asaf Goldschmidt

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In present-day Chinese medicine, medical case records or case histories (yi’an) serve an important role in medical education and everyday clinical practice. These are the foremost literary means that enable a student or a practitioner to comprehend the clinical processes of diagnosis and treatment. Surprisingly, we do not find many collections of medical case histories in China before the second millennium CE. More precisely, the genre of yi’an collections became prominent only during the Ming dynasty, for various reasons. It is important to note that the first time a physician published a collection of his medical case histories was during the Song dynasty. In this essay I will delineate the story of the Ninety Discussions on Cold Damage Disorders (Shanghan jiushi lun 傷寒九十論), a collection of medical case histories written and published by Xu Shuwei 許叔微 (1079–1154). Xu applied this innovative approach in his attempt to transmit his accumulated clinical knowledge concerning Cold Damage disorders within the context of the changing medical environment during the Song dynasty. This essay shows why Xu chose to implement this innovative literary means to document medical knowledge.

From Accelerated Accumulation to Socialist Market Economy in China

Economic Discourse and Development from 1953 to the Present

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Kjeld Erik Brodsgaard and Koen Rutten

In From Accelerated Accumulation to Socialist Market Economy in China, Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard and Koen Rutten examine China’s indigenous economic discourse and its relation to both economic policy-making and the overall trajectory of development from the First Five Year Plan in 1953 to 2016. In so doing, this volume demonstrates that although the form of the current economic system and its theoretical underpinnings bear scant resemblance to those of the planned economy, economic policy-making still relies on the principle of accelerated accumulation, which lay at the heart of the economic development project in the early years of the People’s Republic.

Arthur Cooper

Edited by Imre Galambos

Church (the Christian Gospels were of course originally in Greek and no other originals are known); and Greek of present-day Athens, of Mr. Onassis on his yacht at Cannes, and of Cypriots in Soho. Although Homer would not merely be very difficult, or Plato or Aristotle, but impossible to the storekeeper

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Gala Maria Follaco

reflections on the present. The previous chapter was dedicated to historically relevant spaces whose significance pertained to the realm of the collective, or shared, memory. In this chapter, I shall take a look at yet another strategy of historical reappropriation that focuses on more personal, familiar

Arthur Cooper

Edited by Imre Galambos

have become obsolete and many others have since been invented, there is continuity from then until the present-day. Being etymological in principle the Chinese script therefore gives visual demonstration of the way human language itself has developed, at least during that long period. If, for instance

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Gala Maria Follaco

receded sufficiently for the time-honored tradition of using the past to serve, esteem, or blaspheme the present,” 8 showing to what extent, since the Restoration, “Edo” had become instrumental in the making of modern Japan although at the same time it embodied values cherished by those who exalted the

Arthur Cooper

Edited by Imre Galambos

line which was, however, in the Relaxed ‘Entering Tone’, when the poem was composed. Such arrangement of the tones was ‘modern’ when the poem was written. More about the principles of these tonal metres will be said much later in this book: for the present, it is best for the reader to read the poems