Chinese Maps. Images of 'All Under Heaven'. RICHARD J. SMITH.

Chinese Maps. Images of 'All Under Heaven'.

New York. Oxford University Press. 1996. Stock ID #168454

Colour and black and white maps, pictorial endpapers, colour and black and white illustrations, viii + 88pp, index, selected bibliography, glossary, very good hardback copy. 20 x 14cm. Images of Asia series.

"For nearly two thousand years, the Chinese Emperor proclaimed himself ruler of 'All Under Heaven'. In the eyes of the Chinese leaders, all the peoples of the known world were the Emperor's subjects, and the empire's boundaries stretched to the end of the earth. Maps were used to support this vision. Charts of foreign lands and images of the 'barbarians' that populated them presented the world as the Chinese perceived it: with the Middle Kingdom as lord and other states as vassals paying tribute to it." - Publisher's description.

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