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State Sacrifices and Music in Ming China
State Sacrifices and Music in Ming China (February 1998)
Orthodoxy, Creativity, and Expressiveness
Joseph S.C. Lam - Author

Presents historical, ritual, and musical data preserved in authentic Ming documents illustrating the significance of state sacrifices in imperial China.

"Based upon careful and critical reading of a comprehensive body of source material, the author tells the story of state sacrifices and music in the Ming court, a set of practices and beliefs that, by Ming times, was already perceived to be two millennia old. With fascin...(Read More)
 
 
Demon Hordes and Burning Boats
Demon Hordes and Burning Boats (November 1995)
The Cult of Marshal Wen in Late Imperial Chekiang
Paul R. Katz - Author

Provides a lively description of how the cult of a popular plague-fighting deity named Marshal Wen arose and spread in late imperial China.

One of the few full-length regional studies of popular religion in late imperial China, this book presents the history of the cult of Marshal Wen, a plague-fighting deity whose cult flourished through Chekiang and its neighboring provinces. The author provides a lively account of t...(Read More)
 
 
The Eunuchs in the Ming Dynasty
The Eunuchs in the Ming Dynasty (November 1995)
Shih-shan Henry Tsai - Author

This study of Chinese eunuchs illuminates the entire history of the Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, and provides broad information on various aspects of pre-modern China.

This book is the first on Chinese eunuchs in English and presents a comprehensive picture of the role that they played in the Ming dynasty, 1368-1644. Extracted from a wide range of primary and secondary source material, the author provides significant and i...(Read More)
 
 
Lukang
Lukang (October 1995)
Commerce and Community in a Chinese City
Donald R. DeGlopper - Author

An anthropological study of the social organization and local history in Lukang, a city in Taiwan.
"The book is written in a clean, clear style with a wit rare in anthropology. It is attractive as such classics as Ruth Benedict's Patterns of Culture and Raymond Firth's We, the Tikopia. It is important as one of the few (and certainly the very best) account of the social structure of the petty capitalists that were the motor...(Read More)
 
 
Cities of Jiangnan in Late Imperial China
Cities of Jiangnan in Late Imperial China (July 1993)
Linda Cooke Johnson - Editor
William T. Rowe - Introduction

"This book creates a strong cumulative sense of what cities in this region were like socially and culturally in addition to showing the cities' economic and political functions. That is, the chapters, in combination with the editor's preface and William T. Rowe's introduction, add up to a very strong, coherent work. There is a wealth of detail and a number of lovely anecdotes as well as a very serious concern for larger social science issues like ...(Read More)
 
 
Ancient Sichuan and the Unification of China
Ancient Sichuan and the Unification of China (August 1992)
Steven F. Sage - Author

Recent archaeological finds in China have made possible a reconstruction of the ancient history of Sichuan, the country's most populous province. Excavated artifacts and new recovered texts now supplement traditional textual materials. Together, these data show how Sichuan matured from peripheral obscurity to attain central importance in the Chinese empire during the first millennium B.C.

"What I like most about this manuscript is that it i...(Read More)
 
 
Violence in China
Violence in China (April 1990)
Essays in Culture and Counterculture
Jonathan N. Lipman - Editor
Stevan Harrell - Editor

In this volume, Lipman and Harrell explore the prevalence and ubiquity of violence in China, a society whose official norms value harmony and condemn conflict. The book investigates violence in a wide variety of situations through the sweep of history and in contexts ranging from the family to the national polity.

The book explores motivations for violence from both a historical and a contemporary perspective. Historically, the authors co...(Read More)
 
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