Imperial China: 900–1800

Imperial China: 900–1800
Author F. W. Mote
Country United States
Language English
Subject Chinese history
Publisher Harvard University Press
Publication date
Media type Paperback/Hardcover
Pages 1136
ISBN 0-674-01212-7
OCLC 54436613

Imperial China: 900–1800 is a book of history written by F. W. Mote, Professor of Chinese History and Civilization, Emeritus, at Princeton University. The book was published in 1999 by Harvard University Press, ISBN 0-674-01212-7.[1]


As the title suggests, Imperial China covers the 900-year period from the year 900 to 1800. In terms of Chinese history, it covers from the fall of the Tang dynasty to the middle of the Qing dynasty, shortly before the beginning of China's Century of Humiliation at the end of the Qing dynasty. It covers the Five Dynasties, Liao dynasty, Song dynasty, Western Xia state, Jin dynasty, Yuan dynasty, Ming dynasty and the first 150 years of the Qing dynasty.


The nearly 1,000 pages of text are divided into five parts and are further divided into 36 chapters.

Part One

Conquest Dynasties and the Northern Song: 900-1127

Part Two

Conquest Dynasties and the Southern Song: 1127-1279

Part Three

China and the Mongol World

Part Four

The Restoration of Native Rule Under the Ming

Part Five

China and the World in Early Qing Times


  1. Frederick W. Mote (2003). Imperial China 900-1800. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-01212-7.
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