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The Contingency of China’s Imperial Unity: Assassins Attack the First King of Qin

Four films made recently in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) dwell on the circumstances of China’s creation as a unified imperial state during the third century BCE. As the instructor of a one-semester Chinese history introductory survey of the imperial period (221 BCE to 1911 CE), I use the films to introduce the course and raise questions about state power, unity, and legiti acy in early Chinese history. Supplemented by two short reading assignments, the films orient students within th...

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Market Cultures: Society and Morality in the New Asian Capitalisms

Robert W. Hefner, Editor BOULDER, COLORADO: WESTVIEW PRESS, 1998 328 PAGES Reviewed by Emily M. Hill In an excursion across Southeast Asia and to Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China, this book examines how economic activities are woven within the fabric of life in particular communities. It also addresses the perplexing question of why “Chinese” entrepreneurs have apparently been dominant in a number of Southeast Asian economies. A remarkable consistency of quality and unity of t...