By William Wooldridge
All through Nanjing's heritage, writers have claimed that its fantastic panorama of mountains and rivers imbued the town with "royal qi," making it a spot of serious political value. City of Virtues examines the methods a chain of visionaries, drawing on earlier glories of the town, projected their ideologies onto Nanjing as they built constructions, played rituals, and transformed the literary historical past of town. greater than an city heritage of Nanjing from the overdue 18th century till 1911 ― encompassing the Opium warfare, the Taiping career of the town, the rebuilding of the town via Zeng Guofan, and makes an attempt to set up it because the capital of the Republic of China ― this learn indicates how utopian visions of the cosmos formed Nanjing's course in the course of the turbulent nineteenth century.
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