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Emperor and AncestorState and Lineage in South China$
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David Faure

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780804753180

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804753180.001.0001

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Confucian Incursions

Confucian Incursions

(p.27) Chapter Three Confucian Incursions
Emperor and Ancestor
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Under the Song dynasty, the city of Guangzhou underwent administrative changes. The extension of imperial law in the area during the period was not as obvious as in some other parts of China. The Song rulers divided the Pearl River Delta into five counties: Zengcheng, Xinhui, Nanhai, Dongguan, and Xiangshan. Magistrates were appointed to these counties only during the time of Emperor Shenzong. The only evidence of change in Guangzhou and its surroundings under the Song dynasty was the emergence of a class of literati who began to dedicate themselves to neo-Confucian teachings. Up to the end of the Northern Song period, however, Guangzhou's educated elite led a subdued existence amid a weak northern presence in the provincial seat. This chapter explores the emergence of Confucian schools in Guangzhou under the Song dynasty at a time when the city had some fine Buddhist and Daoist monasteries.

Keywords:   Song dynasty, Guangzhou, Pearl River Delta, elite, literati, China, Confucian schools, monasteries

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