Colonialism in the time of globalization: The Western Zhou Yan state revisited

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In traditional Chinese historiography, the Zhou (1046-221 bce) were the third royal dynasty in the ancient dynastic sequence, preceded by the Shang and Xia dynasties (2100-1046 bce). The Western Zhou (1046-771 bce) ruled for just under 300 years, but their legacy and importance in Chinese historiography and political philosophy cannot be overstated. The Zhou are credited with greatly expanding the geographical territory of the Shang, establishing the ideal norms of social and political behaviour, and creating many aspects that we now associate with Chinese culture. Many of the archetypical Chinese political and social institutions, as well as key concepts and ideas, are understood to have originated and developed during this period. Confucius alluded more than once to the Zhou and their courtly rituals as paragons of moral conduct and virtuous leadership (e.g. Analects 3.14, 7.5, 9.5).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Archaeology and Globalization
EditorsT. Hodos
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781315448992
ISBN (Print)9780415841306
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

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© 2017 Tamar Hodos for editorial and selection matter; individual chapters, the contributors.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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