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Concubinage and Servitude in Late Imperial China by Hsieh Bao Hua

By Hsieh Bao Hua

In the lengthy process past due imperial chinese language historical past, servants and concubines shaped an enormous social stratum within the hinterland alongside the Grand Canal, relatively in city components. Concubinage and Servitude in overdue Imperial China is a survey of the associations and perform of concubinage and servitude in either the final population and the imperial palace, with a spotlight at the exam of Ming-Qing political and socioeconomic background during the lives of this actual staff of distinctive but linked contributors. The continual topic of the booklet is how concubines, appointed by means of patriarchal polygamy, and servants, laboring less than the master-servants hierarchy, skilled interactions and mobility inside each one establishment and in associating with the opposite. whereas reviewing how ritual and legislation handled concubines and servants as patriarchal possessions, the writer explores the views to be had for individual concubines and servants and the constraints of their day-by-day conditions, looking for their “positional powers” and “privilege of the inferiors” within the context of chinese language tradition throughout the Ming-Qing time period.

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