Mourning in Late Imperial China: Filial Piety and the State

Mourning in Late Imperial China: Filial Piety and the State

by Norman Kutcher, Denis Twitchett, Patrick Hannan
     
 

To win the approval of China's native elites, Qing China's new Manchu leaders developed an ambitious plan to return Confucianism to civil society by observing laborious and time-consuming mourning rituals, the touchstones of a well-ordered Confucian society. The first to do so in any language, Norman Kutcher's study of mourning looks beneath the rhetoric to

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To win the approval of China's native elites, Qing China's new Manchu leaders developed an ambitious plan to return Confucianism to civil society by observing laborious and time-consuming mourning rituals, the touchstones of a well-ordered Confucian society. The first to do so in any language, Norman Kutcher's study of mourning looks beneath the rhetoric to demonstrate how the state—unwilling to make the sacrifices that a genuine commitment to proper mourning demanded—quietly but forcefully undermined, not reinvigorated, the Confucian mourning system.

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"Noman Kutcher has written an engaging and provocative book about personal and political aspects of mouring in seventeenth and eighteenth- century China...This book should be read by all who are interestes in late imperial culture and politics." Amer His Rev

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521030182
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Chinese History, Literature and Institutions Series
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

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