By Yuri Pines

Established in 221 BCE, the chinese language empire lasted for 2,132 years ahead of being changed through the Republic of China in 1912. in the course of its millennia, the empire continued inner wars, overseas incursions, alien occupations, and devastating rebellions--yet basic institutional, sociopolitical, and cultural beneficial properties of the empire remained intact. The eternal Empire strains the roots of the chinese language empire's unprecedented durability and extraordinary political longevity, and indicates how classes from the imperial previous are appropriate for China today.

Yuri Pines demonstrates that the empire survived and changed to numerous household and exterior demanding situations via a weird mix of inflexible ideological premises and their versatile implementation. The empire's significant political actors and buddies shared its primary ideological ideas, reminiscent of team spirit lower than a unmarried monarch--hence, even the empire's most powerful family and overseas foes followed the approach of imperial rule. but information of this rule have been continuously negotiated and changed. Pines indicates how deep tensions among political actors together with the emperor, the literati, neighborhood elites, and rebellious commoners really enabled the empire's easy institutional framework to stay seriously very important and adaptable to ever-changing sociopolitical situations. As modern China strikes towards a brand new interval of prosperity and gear within the twenty-first century, Pines argues that the legacy of the empire may well turn into an more and more very important strength in shaping the nation's destiny trajectory.

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