09. Mai 2022

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Ralph Kauz/Morris Rossabi (edd.), Tribute System and Rulership in Late Imperial China (Studien zu Macht und Herrschaft 9), Göttingen 2022.

Ralph Kauz/Morris Rossabi (edd.), Tribute System and Rulership in Late Imperial China (Studien zu Macht und Herrschaft 9), Göttingen 2022.

Ralph Kauz/Morris Rossabi (edd.), Tribute System and Rulership in Late Imperial China (Studien zu Macht und Herrschaft 9), Göttingen 2022.
Ralph Kauz/Morris Rossabi (edd.), Tribute System and Rulership in Late Imperial China (Studien zu Macht und Herrschaft 9), Göttingen 2022. © V&R
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Dieser Sammelband ist das Ergebnis des internationalen Workshops "Tribute System and Rulership in Late Imperial China", welcher im Rahmen des Teilprojekts "Empfang von Gesandtschaften in China als Legitimationsinstrument und Ausdruck von Herrschaftsbewusstsein" (Leitung: Prof. Dr. Ralph Kauz) im Juli 2018 in Bonn stattfand.

Demanding and offering tribute is a most common feature in human societies and nothing special to China. In the course of the development of Neolithic and later societies social classes have developed where persons who achieved superior positions first could demand ‘presents’ or tribute from neighboring societies they defeated and then, with the assistance of sturdy ‘servants’ from their own people. China was certainly no exception to that principle and one of the first terms for tax was thus ‘gong’, tribute. In China’s early, ‘feudatory’ social system, tribute was demanded from lower political entities, and the mutual ‘political’ relations were already highly developed during the Zhou dynasty (1045–256 BCE). This system of ‘inner Chinese’ relations became a sort of matrix when China expanded and achieved contact with countries which were more or less independent, and thus the ‘tribute system’ evolved. The individual case studies in this volume focus on the latest manifestations of the tribute system in late Imperial China.

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