In the nearly twenty years since he submitted his more than 1,500-page doctoral dissertation on ancient Chinese chime bells, Lothar von Falkenhausen has firmly established himself as the successor to his teacher K. C. Chang as the dean of Western students of early Chinese archaeology. He has published scores of studies introducing most of the major discoveries made over this period, as well as more general discussions of methodological issues and current trends (twenty-six of these are listed in the bibliography to the present book). These studies have been consistently characterized by a superb control over the literature of the field: from local site reports to broad-ranging syntheses by Chinese archaeologists, to be sure, as well as work in Japanese and all the major Western languages. It seems that there is nothing that he has not read and assimilated into his notes.

The present work, Chinese Society in the Age...

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