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This front matter section of the book Transmitting Authority: Wang Tong (ca. 584-617) and the Zhongshuo in Medieval China's Manuscript Culture contains a list of contents, acknowledgments, notes to the reader and list of abbreviations. The book discusses earliest stages of the Zhongshuo's compilation and its subsequent transmission through the Tang and early Song dynasties is foremost a story of personalities and of the politics of social positioning within literati circles. It takes up Zhongshuo to illustrate how the rise and fall of a text's cultural prestige is in part propelled by, and propels in turn, transmission practices that are themselves driven by ideological, political, social and professional self-interest.

Keywords: China; Zhongshuo



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