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Weakening local power and strengthening the central government: Wang Mang’s spatial organization reform in the Xin dynasty

Xiong, Shaobai (2019) Weakening local power and strengthening the central government: Wang Mang’s spatial organization reform in the Xin dynasty. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The Xin dynasty (AD 9–AD 23) is an ephemeral dynasty between the Western Han dynasty (202 BC–AD 8) and the Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25–AD 220), and its founder, Wang Mang, was notorious in official historiography. But within the fifteen years that it lasted, a great number of reforms were launched by Wang Mang. Among these reforms, economic ones have always been a focus of the study of the Xin dynasty. However, reforms of spatial organization in the Xin have been overlooked and criticized. This study attempts to restore these neglected reforms through place name changes in the Xin dynasty, suggesting that these reforms were introduced to strengthen the power of the central government in response to rebellions and invasions, and contrary to the traditional interpretation on these reforms as symbolic and unnecessary, they were well-designed to address contemporary political and military crises.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Xiong, Shaobaishx27@pitt.edushx270000-0003-2568-6363
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMostern,
Committee MemberDrennan,
Committee MemberArkush,
Committee MemberAllard,
Date: 26 November 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 14 November 2019
Approval Date: 26 November 2019
Submission Date: 19 November 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 57
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Xin dynasty, Spatial Organization Reform, Hanshu, Western Han dynasty, Nobility System
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2019 20:54
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2019 20:54


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