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Family, Fields, and Ancestors: Constancy and Change in China's Social and Economic History, 1550-1949by Lloyd E Eastman
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The first book to synthesize and make available important recent research on the social and economic history of China in late Imperial and modern times, this is a much-needed supplement to existing political histories. Lloyd E. Eastman clarifies the complex and confusing facets of Chinese society while paying tribute to its extraordinary regional, social and historical diversity. He covers a wide range of topics, from population trends, family life, and popular religion, to agriculture, commerce, manufacturing, and class structure while providing a clear, cogent introduction to a fascinating culture.
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
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