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- DescriptionAmong the large caches of private documents discovered and collected in China, few rival the Huizhou sources for the insight they provide into Chinese local society and ecomy over the past millennium. Having spent decades researching these exceptionally rich sources, Joseph P. McDermott presents in two volumes his findings about the major social and ecomic changes in this important prefecture of south China from around 900 to 1700. In this first volume, we learn about village settlement, competition among village religious institutions, premodern agricultural production, the management of land and lineage, the rise of the lineage as the dominant institution, and its members' application of commercial practices to local forestry operations. This landmark study of religious life and ecomic activity, of lineage and land, and of rural residents and urban commercial practices provides a compelling new framework for understanding a distinctive path of ecomic and social development for premodern China and beyond.
- Author BiographyJoseph P. McDermott is Reader in Chinese History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John's College. He has published widely on the pre-modern social and economic history of China.
- Author(s)Joseph P. McDermott
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication28/11/2013
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note15 tables
- Weight820 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine31 mm
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