This thesis comprises the first major survey of an extensive corpus of bronze inscriptions of pre-Han date - the "investiture inscriptions” - which have a significant place in the study of Western Chou institutions. The subject under survey is one that has, of course, been covered in several general works of recent decades cited
frequently throughout the thesis but it has not hitherto been reviewed so fully or in such detail as I have attempted here. The approach to the primary documents which...[Show more]
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