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    DescriptionAfter a long spell of chaos, the Qin and Han dynasties (221 BCE-220 CE) saw the unification of the Chinese Empire under a single ruler, government, and code of law. During this era, changing social and political institutions affected the ways people conceived of womanhood. New ideals were promulgated, and women's lives gradually altered to conform to them. And under the new political system, the rulers' consorts and their families obtained powerful roles that allowed women unprecedented influence in the highest level of government. Recognized as the leading work in the field, this introductory survey offers the first sustained history of women in the early imperial era. Now in a revised edition that incorporates the latest scholarship and theoretical approaches, the book draws on extensive primary and secondary sources in Chinese and Japanese to paint a remarkably detailed picture of the distant past. Bret Hinsch's introductory chapters orient the nonspecialist to early imperial Chinese society; subsequent chapters discuss women's roles from the multiple perspectives of kinship, wealth and work, law, government, learning, ritual, and cosmology. An enhanced array of line drawings, a Chinese-character glossary, and extensive notes and bibliography enhance the author's discussion. Historians and students of gender and early China alike will find this book an invaluable overview.


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    Title
    Women in Early Imperial China
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bret Hinsch
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780742568228
    ISBN 10: 0742568229
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 68
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 46
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    BIC subject category V2: 1FPC
    BISAC V2.8: SOC028000
    LC subject heading: , , , , ,
    DC22: 305.40931
    LC classification: HQ1767 .H55 2010
    Thema V1.0: JBSF1, NHF, NHC
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1FPC, 1QBAE
    Edition
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Publisher
    ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD
    Imprint name
    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
    Publication date
    16 August 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Lanham, MD
    Author Information
    Bret Hinsch is professor in the Department of History, Foguang University, Taiwan.
    Review quote
    PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION Hinsch's lucid framework and thorough bibliography make this the first place to send students [of] Chinese women's history... CHOICE PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION Hinsch's book, focusing as it does on the complexity of social roles that women play in different social contexts, offers a fresh and different perspective on the life of women in early imperial China. A fitting new additionto the volume of recent scholarship on the status of Chinese women... China Review International PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION Hinsch's book, focusing as it does on the complexity of social roles that women play in different social contexts, offers a fresh and different perspective on the life of women in early imperial China. A fitting new addition to the volume of recent scholarship on the status of Chinese women. China Review International PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION Hinsch's lucid framework and thorough bibliography make this the first place to send students [of] Chinese women's history. CHOICE
    Table of contents
    Introduction Chapter 1: The Context: Early Imperial China Chapter 2: Kinship Chapter 3: Wealth and Work Chapter 4: Law Chapter 5: Government Chapter 6: Learning Chapter 7: Ritual Chapter 8: Cosmology Conclusion Glossary of Chinese Terms Bibliography