Women in Early Imperial China

Women in Early Imperial China

By (author) Bret Hinsch

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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 explore 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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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • 16 Aug 2010
  • ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD
  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Lanham, MD
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0742568229
  • 9780742568228

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Bret Hinsch is professor in the Department of History, Foguang University, Taiwan.

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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

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