A History of China in Maps: Ancient Capitals and Cities

Author: Zhang Xiaohong
Chief Editor: Ge Jianxiong

Cloth • 296 pp • 156 × 234 mm • English
US$49.95 • C$66.95
ISBN: 9781487809355

This book explores the importance of the capital in Chinese history as well as cities more generally. Beginning with the earliest capitals from thousands of years ago all the way to present-day Beijing, the various capital changes of China – including dual-capital systems and even five-capital regimes – are covered in impressive detail. The four ‘great capitals of China’ – Luoyang, Xi’an, Nanjing, and Beijing – receive particular attention for their central roles in the evolution of Chinese capitals.

Aside from the capitals themselves, major cities and city types are also explored at length in this volume: for example, the grass market towns of the Song Dynasty, the Silk Road hubs, and the prosperous port cities that grew in tangent with the booming maritime trade industry during the Qing period, such as Shanghai.

This volume covers settlement expansion and type throughout China’s history. For those who wish to learn more about Chinese cities and capitals, this book is an ideal choice. We hope readers also have the opportunity to read the other three instalments in this map series.

About the Author
Zhang Xiaohong is a professor, doctoral supervisor, current director of the Center of Historical Geographical Studies of Fudan University, director of the Center of the Studies of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education, director of the Historical Geography Research Center of Fudan University, director of the Institute of Humanities and Communication, One-Belt-One-Road, and Global Governance of Fudan University. He is a Yanjing scholar of Harvard University, vice president of the Shanghai Geographical Society, member of the Professional Committees of Historical Geography and Cultural Geography of the Geographical Society of China, member of WorldMAP Committee of Harvard University, and academic member of the China Biographical Databases (CBDB).