Winner of the 1991 Joseph Levenson Prize in the Pre-Twentieth Century category.
Political expression is not a term generally associated with ancient china. Nonetheless, in this pathbreaking book Martin J. Powers examines the art and politics of the Han dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 220) and shows that both were shaped by the rise of an educated, non-aristocratic public that questioned the authority of the rich and royals at all levels.
Eager to avoid political challenges from feudal vassals, the Han emperors established a bureaucratic system based upon a meritocratic standard...