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- DescriptionThis study examines the emergence and evolution in China of a tradition of popular organization generally kwn under the rubric of secret society. The author suggests that the secret society is properly understood as one variety of the brotherhood association, a category that encompasses a range of popular fraternal organizations that flourished in the early and mid-Qing period. The book begins by describing the proliferation of brotherhood associations in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, particularly in Southeast China. It concludes in the early nineteenth century, as the Qing suppression of the Lin Shuangwen rebellion in late 1780's forced members of the best-kwn brotherhood association, the Heaven and Earth Society (Tiandihui) to flee their homes in the Southeast, taking refuge in other parts of South China and Southeast Asia and, eventually, in Chinatowns throughout the world. This episode set the stage for the violent nineteenth-century confrontations between the Qing state and the secret societies.
- Author BiographyDavid Ownby is Assistant Research Fellow at the Universite de Montreal. He is the co-editor, with Mary Somers Heidhues, of Secret Societies Reconsidered: Perspectives on the Social History of Early Modern South China and Southeast Asia.
- Author(s)David Ownby
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication01/09/1996
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Content Note5 maps
- Weight561 g
- Width156 mm
- Height237 mm
- Spine21 mm
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