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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress




Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

By  
DAI Sijie (Author)

Vintage, 2002
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This book studies the formation of complex societies in prehistoric China during the Neolithic and early state periods, c. 7000–1500 BC. Archaeological materials are interpreted through anthropological perspectives, using systematic analytic methods in settlement and burial patterns. Both agency and process are considered in the development of chiefdoms and in the emergence of early states in the Yellow River region. Interrelationships between factors such as mortuary practice, craft specialization, ritual activities, warfare, exchange of elite goods, climatic fluctuations, and environmental changes are emphasized. This study offers a critical evaluation of current archaeological data from Chinese sources, and argues that, although some general tendencies are noted, social changes were affected by multiple factors in no pre-determined sequence. In this most comprehensive study to date, Li Liu attempts to reconstruct developmental trajectories toward early states in Chinese civilization and discusses theoretical implications of Chinese archaeology for the understanding of social evolution.
 
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Written by Dai Sijie in 2000, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress tells the poignant tale of two young men living at a time of cultural, political and social change during Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Their bleak lives are instantly changed by the discovery of a mysterious suitcase filled with classical Western literature – this leads the boys on a quest to protect the ‘Little Seamstress’, the beautiful daughter of the local tailor. The novel tells the story of love and passion in the midst of a nation ruled by violent change and uncertainty – it is suitable for students preparing for Chinese Pre-U examinations, as well as English speakers looking to gain insight into China’s history and culture through literature.
 
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ISBN: 9780099286431
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Sizes: 129x198mm
Publication: 7/2002
Weight: 145g
Languages:
English



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