By William Wooldridge

All through Nanjing's historical past, writers have claimed that its magnificent panorama of mountains and rivers imbued the town with "royal qi," making it a spot of significant political importance. City of Virtues examines the methods a chain of visionaries, drawing on previous glories of town, projected their ideologies onto Nanjing as they developed constructions, played rituals, and remodeled the literary history of town. greater than an city heritage of Nanjing from the overdue 18th century till 1911 ― encompassing the Opium struggle, the Taiping career of the town, the rebuilding of town by way of Zeng Guofan, and makes an attempt to set up it because the capital of the Republic of China ― this learn exhibits how utopian visions of the cosmos formed Nanjing's course in the course of the turbulent nineteenth century.

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