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xvii, 285 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Judicial procedures
  • Interrogation techniques
  • Intent and premeditated violence
  • The failure of "Confucian" family values
  • Control of politically marginal groups and individuals
  • Social mobility and crime
  • Imperial intervention.
The little-examined genre of legal case narratives is represented in this fascinating volume, the first collection translated into English of criminal cases - most involving homicide - from late imperial China. These true stories of crimes of passion, family conflict, neighborhood feuds, gang violence, and sedition are a treasure trove of information about social relations and legal procedure. Each narrative describes circumstances leading up to a crime and its discovery, the appearance of the crime scene and the body, the apparent cause of death, speculation about motives and premeditation, and whether self-defense was involved. Detailed testimony is included from the accused and from witnesses, family members, and neighbors, as well as summaries and opinions from local magistrates, their coroners, and other officials higher up the chain of judicial review. Officials explain which law in the Qing dynasty legal code was violated, which corresponding punishment was appropriate, and whether the sentence was eligible for reduction. These records began as reports from magistrates on homicide cases within their jurisdiction that were required by law to be tried first at the county level, then reviewed by judicial officials at the prefectural, provincial, and national levels, with each administrator adding his own observations to the file. Each case was decided finally in Beijing, in the name of the emperor if not by the monarch himself, before sentences could be carried out and the records permanently filed. All of the cases translated here are from the Qing imperial copies, most of which are now housed in the First Historical Archives, Beijing. Robert E. Hegel is Liselotte Dieckmann Professor of Comparative Literature and professor of Chinese, Washington University, St. Louis.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780295989075 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-193-01
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xxx, 343 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
One of the world's greatest love stories in its first complete English translation, brought up-to-date in this new edition. Cyril Birch has captured all the elegance, lyricism, and subtle humour of this drama by Tang Xianzu, perhaps the finest of the Ming dramatists. One of the world's greatest love stories in its first complete English translation. Cyril Birch has captured all the elegance, lyricism, and subtle humour of this drama by Tang Xianzu, perhaps the finest of the Ming dramatists. For the Second Edition, Cyril Birch and Catherine Swatek reflect upon contemporary performances of the play in light of its history.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780253340979 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-193-01
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xx, 531 p. ; 24 cm.
Green Library
HISTORY-193-01, HISTORY-1C-01
Book
xix, 546 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Bringing to bear 60 years of research, travel, and teaching, Fairbank weaves a detailed history that reaches from China's neolithic days to its troubled present. He depicts a country ever-changing and yet constant in its effort to achieve a cohesive identity, an enormous and enormously complex nation perpetually balancing between the imperatives of force and the power of ideas. Here are the Chinese autocrats in their various times and guises, maintaining Confucian civility and order through - paradoxically - the perpetual threat of irrational imperial violence. Here is the intellectual class, revered for its wisdom and counsel and yet - as events from the Cultural Revolution to the massacre in Tiananmen Square demonstrate - eminently expendable. And here are China's farmers engaged in a never-ending attempt to tame their countryside only to face repeated famine as China's agrarian-based economy fails to develop. At the centre of all stands the Chinese family, until recently the model for both obedience and tyranny in society at large. Fairbank traces the growth of a civilization that could embrace so many contradictions and disruptions and yet retain a strong sense of its identity. Following China's ambivalent relations with the West and with the forces of modernization, he identifies, even in the great leap forward signaled by the Communist Revolution, the assumptions that have informed Chinese society for thousands of years. From the influences of Buddhism through the flowering of Song China to the reforms of Deng Xiaoping, this illustrated history unfolds.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674116726 20160527
Green Library
HISTORY-193-01
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xix, 524 p., [1] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Green Library
HISTORY-193-01
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xvii, 519 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
  • Introduction - approaches to understanding China's history: the variety of historical perspectives, geography - the contrast of North and South, humankind in nature, the village - family and lineage, inner Asia and China - the Steppe and the Sown. Part 1 Rise and decline of the imperial autocracy: origins - the discoveries of archaeology - paleolithic China, neolithic China, excavation of Shang and Xia, the rise of central authority, Western Zhou, implications of the new archaeological record-- the first unification - imperial confucianism - the utility of dynasties, princes and philosophers, the Confucian code, Daoism, unification by Qin, consolidation and expansion under the Han, imperial Confucianism, correlative cosmology, emperor and scholars-- reunification in the Buddhist age - disunion, the Buddhist teaching, Sui-Tang reunification, Buddhism and the state, decline of the Tang dynasty, social change - the Tang-Song transition-- China's greatest age - Northern and Southern Song - efflorescence of material growth, education and the examination system, the creation of neo-Confucianism, formation of gentry society-- the paradox of Song China and Inner Asia - the sybiosis of Wen and Wu, the rise of non-Chinese rule over China, China in the Mongol Empire, interpreting the Song era-- government in the Ming dynasty - legacies of the Hongwu emperor, fiscal problems, China turns inward, factional politics-- the Qing success story - the Manchu conquest, institutional adaptation, the Jesuit interlude, growth of Qing control in Inner Asia, the attempted integration of policy and culture. Part 2 Late Imperial China, 1600-1911: the paradox of growth without development - the rise in population, diminishing returns of farm labour, the subjection of women, domestic trade and commercial organization, merchant-official symbiosis, limitations of the law-- frontier unrest and the opening of China - the weakness of state leadership, the White Lotus Rebellion 1796-1804, maritime China - origins of the overseas Chinese, European trading companies and the Canton trade, rebellion on the Turkestan frontier 1826-1835, opium and the struggle for a new order at Guangzhou 1834-1842, inauguration of the treaty century after 1842-- rebellion and restoration - the great Taiping rebellion 1851-1864, Civil War, the Qing restoration of the 1860s, suppression of other rebellions-- early modernization and the decline of Qing power - self-strengthening and its failure, the Christian-Confucian struggle, the reform movement, the Boxer rising 1898-1901, demoralization. (Part contents).
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674116702 20160527
Bringing to bear 60 years of research, travel, and teaching, Fairbank weaves a detailed history that reaches from China's neolithic days to its troubled present. He depicts a country ever-changing and yet constant in its effort to achieve a cohesive identity, an enormous and enormously complex nation perpetually balancing between the imperatives of force and the power of ideas. Here are the Chinese autocrats in their various times and guises, maintaining Confucian civility and order through - paradoxically - the perpetual threat of irrational imperial violence. Here is the intellectual class, revered for its wisdom and counsel and yet - as events from the Cultural Revolution to the massacre in Tiananmen Square demonstrate - eminently expendable. And here are China's farmers engaged in a never-ending backbreaking attempt to tame their temperamental countryside only to face repeated famine as China's agrarian-based economy fails to develop. At the centre of all stands the Chinese family, until recently the model for both obedience and tyranny in society at large. Fairbank traces the growth of a civilization that could embrace so many contradictions and disruptions and yet retain a strong sense of its identity. Following China's ambivalent relations with the West and with the forces of modernization, he identifies, even in the great leap forward signaled by the Communist Revolution, the assumptions that have informed Chinese society for thousands of years. From the influences of Buddhism through the flowering of Song China to the reforms of Deng Xiaoping, this illustrated history unfolds in the style thst is quintessentially Fairbank.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674116702 20160527
Green Library
HISTORY-193-01
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163 p., [6] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 18 cm.
Six Records of a Floating Life (1809) is an extraordinary blend of autobiography, love story and social document written by a man who was educated as a scholar but earned his living as a civil servant and art dealer. In this intimate memoir, Shen Fu recounts the domestic and romantic joys of his marriage to Yun, the beautiful and artistic girl he fell in love with as a child. He also describes other incidents of his life, including how his beloved wife obtained a courtesan for him and reflects on his travels through China. Shen Fu's exquisite memoir shows six parallel layers' of one man's life, loves and career, with revealing glimpses into Chinese society of the Ch'ing Dynasty.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780140444292 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-193-01
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xxii, 465 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Green Library
HISTORY-193-01
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xxvi, 218, viii p. illus., ports., maps 22cm.
Green Library
HISTORY-193-01
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310 p. 24 cm.
Green Library
HISTORY-193-01