Women in Early Imperial China

Women in Early Imperial China

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By (author) Bret Hinsch

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  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 18mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 16 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0742568237
  • ISBN 13: 9780742568235
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, figures
  • Sales rank: 1,136,947

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After 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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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

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