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Family, Fields, and Ancestors

Constancy and Change in China's Social and Economic History, 1550-1949

Lloyd E. Eastman

Publication Date - 04 February 1988

ISBN: 9780195052701

288 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


"Provides solid grounding in the economic and social context that shaped modern China's political history....The chapters are clearly written and generous in their presentation of factual data."--History

"Excellent background for a modern China course."--Linda Walton, Portland State University

"A most useful resource for teachers and students of modern Chinese history, as well as those who labor in the vineyards of world history/civilization courses....The best single assessment available of the economy and society of China in the four hundred years before the Chinese Communist takeover, providing a coherent picture of a vast and complex region in a global context."--The Historian

"[Eastman] has succeeded in producing a textbook noteworthy for its direct and lucid discussion of many major historical issues....The book's style is marked by an informality and verve certain to keep students' interest....Students will gain much from this readable introductory synthesis."--Asia

"A very useful textbook....Significantly supplements the dominant emphasis on political and intellectual history in other texts, and thus better reflects the interests and findings of important new trends in the study of China's history by Americans and others."--Journal of Economic History

Table of Contents

    Population: Growth and Migration
    The Family and the Individual in Chinese Society
    The Popular Religion: Gods, Ghosts, and Ancestors
    Agriculture: An Overview
    The Agricultural Sector in the Early-20th Century: The Problem of "Peasant Immiseration"
    Commerce in the Late-Imperial Period: The Instruments and Geography of Trade
    Manufacturing in the Late-Imperial Period: A Failed Industrial Revolution?
    Commerce and Manufacturing During the Period of Western Influence
    New Social Classes in the Early-Modern Period
    The Yin Side of Society: Secret Societies, Bandits, and Feuds
    Conclusion: Constancy and Change