China's Golden Age
Everyday Life in the Tang Dynasty
Charles Benn paints a vivid picture of everyday life during the Tang dynasty, translating and paraphrasing classical Chinese sources himself and including his own illustrations of everything from tools and hairstyles to musical instruments and courtyard dwellings. Benn charts the rise and fall of the dynasty and examines the societal structure of the aristocracy, bureaucracy, eunuchs, clergy, peasants, artisans, merchants, and slaves. This thorough exploration provides fascinating insight into a culture and time that is often misunderstood by Westerners and brings alive the day-to-day life of this important dynasty.