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China Between Empires

China Between Empires: The Northern and Southern Dynasties by Mark Edward Lewis

He refers to the period by one of the names by which it is known, but he points out that there are several.

Covers its chaotic history -- in particular, of course, the effective division between the two river valleys -- the love of gardens in the elite (generally depictions of mountain scenes, not with flowers), the various styles of withdrawal from society, the changes in agriculture, like a plow needing only one ox, interactions with the rest of the world, the massive influx and influence of Buddhism, which was still treated as an alien, foreign influence contaminating their purity, changes in literary fashions, and more.  Divided up by topic.
Tags: history reviews: far east, history reviews: medieval
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