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Family, Field and Ancestors : Constancy and Change in China's Social and Economic History, 1550-1949 - Lloyd E. Eastman

Family, Field and Ancestors

Constancy and Change in China's Social and Economic History, 1550-1949

Paperback Published: 4th February 1988
ISBN: 9780195052701
Number Of Pages: 288

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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.

"Provides solid grounding in the economic and social context that shaped modern China's political history....The chapters are clearly written and generous in their presentation of factual data."--History "Excellent background for a modern China course."--Linda Walton, Portland State University "A most useful resource for teachers and students of modern Chinese history, as well as those who labor in the vineyards of world history/civilization courses....The best single assessment available of the economy and society of China in the four hundred years before the Chinese Communist takeover, providing a coherent picture of a vast and complex region in a global context."--The Historian "[Eastman] has succeeded in producing a textbook noteworthy for its direct and lucid discussion of many major historical issues....The book's style is marked by an informality and verve certain to keep students' interest....Students will gain much from this readable introductory synthesis."--Asia "A very useful textbook....Significantly supplements the dominant emphasis on political and intellectual history in other texts, and thus better reflects the interests and findings of important new trends in the study of China's history by Americans and others."--Journal of Economic History "Provides solid grounding in the economic and social context that shaped modern China's political history....The chapters are clearly written and generous in their presentation of factual data."--History "Excellent background for a modern China course."--Linda Walton, Portland State University "A most useful resource for teachers and students of modern Chinese history, as well as those who labor in the vineyards of world history/civilization courses....The best single assessment available of the economy and society of China in the four hundred years before the Chinese Communist takeover, providing a coherent picture of a vast and complex region in a global context."--The Historian "[Eastman] has succeeded in producing a textbook noteworthy for its direct and lucid discussion of many major historical issues....The book's style is marked by an informality and verve certain to keep students' interest....Students will gain much from this readable introductory synthesis."--Asia "A very useful textbook....Significantly supplements the dominant emphasis on political and intellectual history in other texts, and thus better reflects the interests and findings of important new trends in the study of China's history by Americans and others."--Journal of Economic History "I used this as a departure point for a seminar in modern Chinese history. Students used this book as a bibliographic and theoretical beginning. It was very useful, even for students not committed to Chinese history."--Lewis Bernstein, Brigham Young University "Gives an excellent sense of the current state of the field. Energetically written, and demonstrating comfortable mastery of a wide range of literature, it will be a most serviceable textbook and guide."--Journal of Social History "Admirably fills a...gap....Summarizes virtually all the important work done in English for this period; his 'selected readings' and endnotes constitute an excellent topical bibliography."--Choice "Displays once again Eastman's gift for summary....His syntheses here are sharp, accurate, and informed by the latest Western scholarship....Judicious in its conclusions....A solid and careful piece of work, the product of a major scholar."--William T. Rowe, Johns Hopkins University "[An] excellent synthesis of the important but complex monographic and periodical literature so crucial to grasping China's social and economic history....A valuable complement to the more traditional politically-oriented textbooks. I am pleased that this useful book came to my attention in time for my course in Chinese history next semester."--Oliver Hayward, University of Wisconsin, Parkside "Excellent background for a modern China course."--Linda Walton, Portland State University "An engaging book by a mature historian whose generalizations are extremely useful in helping undergraduates appreciate China's curious dynamic of change amid enduring values."--Suzanne W. Barnett, University of Puget Sound "A very readable account of Chinese social and economic history....Highly recommended introduction to Chinese Civilization."--Walter J. Tumbiski, Ocean County College "A much-needed addition to currently available literature on China in the Late Imperial-Early Modern period."--Linda Cooke Johnson, Michigan State University "Eastman's incisive presentation of social and economic change in China will enable readers to depict both the character of Chinese life and the dynamic forces that have encouraged change over recent centuries, making modern Chinese history more comprehensible and exciting to our students."--Leonard H.D. Gordon, Purdue University "Long needed....Lucid, informed, stimulating. Great reservoir of information expertly presented."--Lea E. Williams, Brown University "Splendid....The book states a thesis and backs it up. It is a scholar's book as well as one that will be of great benefit to students."--George M. Wilson, Indiana University, Bloomington "Meets a pressing need for sound topical readings on just these subjects....It will add depth to both undergraduate and graduate courses--and the teachers of such courses will benefit from it themselves."--Lyman P. Van Slyke, Stanford University "Excellent....The author's attention to the interconnected roles of social and economic structures is scholarly, thoughtful, and highly readable."--V. Chandra, Wheaton College

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

ISBN: 9780195052701
ISBN-10: 0195052706
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 4th February 1988
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.44 x 15.52  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.42