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The Everlasting Empire: The Political Culture of Ancient China and Its Imperial Legacy

Yuri Pines


Established in 221 BCE, the Chinese empire lasted for 2,132 years before being replaced by the Republic of China in 1912. During its two millennia, the empire endured internal wars, foreign incursions, alien occupations, and devastating rebellions—yet fundamental institutional, sociopolitical, and cultural features of the empire remained intact. This book traces the roots of the Chinese empire's exceptional longevity and unparalleled political durability, and shows how lessons from the imperial past are relevant for China today. The book demonstrates that the empire survived and adjusted to a ... More

Keywords: Chinese empire, Republic of China, political durability, political actors, contemporary China, prosperity, power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691134956
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691134956.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yuri Pines, author
Hebrew University of Jerusalem