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Women, Property, and Confucian Reaction in Sung and Yuan China (960-1368) - Cambridge Studies in Chinese History, Literature and Institutions (Hardback)
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Women, Property, and Confucian Reaction in Sung and Yuan China (960-1368) - Cambridge Studies in Chinese History, Literature and Institutions (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 07/01/2002
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This book, originally published in 2002, argues that the Mongol invasion of the thirteenth century precipitated a transformation of marriage and property law in China that deprived women of their property rights and reduced their legal and economic autonomy. It describes how after a period during which women's property rights were steadily improving, and laws and practices affecting marriage and property were moving away from Confucian ideals, the Mongol occupation created a new constellation of property and gender relations that persisted to the end of the imperial era. It shows how the Mongol-Yuan rule in China ironically created the conditions for radical changes in the law, which for the first time brought it into line with the goals of Learning the Way Confucians and which curtailed women's financial and personal autonomy. The book evaluates the Mongol invasion and its influence on Chinese law and society.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521573733
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 236 x 163 x 32 mm


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Review of the hardback: 'Bettine Birge has written an important and provocative book of interest to all students of Chinese history ... a sharply and densely argued account ... she presents readings and views that will, I am sure, remain central to much future scholarly discussion of Chinese women's rights and Sung social history.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
"...an outstanding contribution to the social and legal history as well as gender studies of late imperial China. The author impressed me with her meticulous and exciting scholarship, the careful and solid presentation of findings, and the wealth of textual sources used...Birge's reinterpretation of the social, economic, and legal history of the Sung and Yuan dynasties is thought provoking and stimulating. It sets a standard that will be difficult to surpass, and it opens up new intellectual horizons. This is a profound and fine piece of scholarship. I rank it as one of the best and most original works I have read in years on the subject and highly recommend it." Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
"...the author is the first to demonstrate how Mongol views of women and marriage customs coincided with the views of Learning the Way of the scholars and to suggest how a new consensus limiting women's property was forged in the Yuan and following periods." Journal of Chinese Religions
"...presents an immense amount of information from official and private sources." History
"The book is a path-breaking study.... The author displays an impressive command of both the changing intellectual/social context and the legal framework of the transformation in women's property rights that she documents.... Birge is judicious...." The Journal of Asian Studies

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