Dividing the Realm in Order to Govern (Hardcover)

The Spatial Organization of the Song State (960-1276 CE) (Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph #73)

By Ruth Mostern

Harvard University Press, 9780674056022, 370pp.

Publication Date: May 2, 2011



States are inherently and fundamentally geographical. Sovereignty is based on control of territory. This book uses Song China to explain how a pre-industrial regime organized itself spatially in order to exercise authority.