Localizing Learning: Literati and Learning in Wuzhou, 1100-1600
By Peter K. Bol
Harvard Asia Center Publications Program, forthcoming February 2022
Localizing Learning is the first work to look at the history of learning during the Song, Yuan, and Ming periods through a local case study, that of Wuzhou (Jinhua Prefecture in Ming and Qing). It is also the first work to apply geographic information system (GIS) mapping and network analysis to a prefecture-level population. It is significant in that it spans the fields of intellectual history, literary and cultural studies, and social and political history of China. It combines close readings of texts with the analysis of extensive datasets on social and kinship associations among literati. By treating learning as the subject, this book broadens our perspective and deepens our understanding of China across five centuries.