Concubinage and Servitude in Late Imperial China Hsieh Bao Hua

ISBN: 9780739145142

Published: August 12th 2014

Hardcover

396 pages


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Concubinage and Servitude in Late Imperial China  by  Hsieh Bao Hua

Concubinage and Servitude in Late Imperial China by Hsieh Bao Hua
August 12th 2014 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 396 pages | ISBN: 9780739145142 | 6.34 Mb

In the long course of late imperial Chinese history, servants and concubines formed a vast social stratum in the hinterland along the Grand Canal, particularly in urban areas. Concubinage and Servitude in Late Imperial China is a survey of the institutions and practice of concubinage and servitude in both the general populace and the imperial palace, with a focus on the examination of Ming-Qing political and socioeconomic history through the lives of this particular group of distinct yet associated individuals.

The persistent theme of the book is how concubines, appointed by patriarchal polygamy, and servants, laboring under the master-servants hierarchy, experienced interactions and mobility within each institution and in associating with the other. While reviewing how ritual and law treated concubines and servants as patriarchal possessions, the author explores the perspectives available for individual concubines and servants and the limitations in their daily circumstances, searching for their positional powers and privilege of the inferiors in the context of Chinese culture during the Ming-Qing time period.



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