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L'aménagement du territoire et la notion de frontière à l'époque ancienne

Auteur Paola Calanca
Mir@bel Revue Extrême-Orient, Extrême-Occident
Numéro no 28, 2006 Desseins de frontières
I. Des tracés et des bornes
Page 57-93
Résumé anglais Territorial Planning and the Notion of Border in Ancient Times The ancient texts show the link between the archaic foundation of the social order and marks, lines, and boundaries drawing and fixing the outline of a social sphere organized and subject to a single authority. In this article, the author emphasizes the importance of the notion of border in Chinese political tradition in ancient times, the terminology of which is already to be found in Shang oracular inscriptions and Western Zhou bronzes. Ancient territorial units were organized around two devices : the Altar of the Earth in the center and the borders at the margins of the territory. The Altar of the Earth of a locality is the emblem of a horizontal relation that links the community with the great square of the nine provinces and of a vertical relation which places it under the authority of the State, illustrated by the Taiyi talisman found in Mawangdui. As for the territory of the unified Empire, its borders were most likely marked by visible signs, even on the southern border which did not require as considerable an organization as the one set up in the North.
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