Women, Property, and Confucian Reaction in Sung and Yuan China (960-1368)

Women, Property, and Confucian Reaction in Sung and Yuan China (960-1368)

by Bettine Birge
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521180724

ISBN-13: 9780521180726

Pub. Date: 11/11/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book argues that the Mongol invasion of China in the thirteenth century precipitated a lasting transformation of marriage and property laws that deprived women of their property rights and reduced their legal and economic autonomy. It describes how indigenous social change combined with foreign invasion and cultural confrontation to bring laws more into line

Overview

This book argues that the Mongol invasion of China in the thirteenth century precipitated a lasting transformation of marriage and property laws that deprived women of their property rights and reduced their legal and economic autonomy. It describes how indigenous social change combined with foreign invasion and cultural confrontation to bring laws more into line with the goals of the radical Confucian philosophers, who wished to curtail women's financial and personal autonomy. This book provides a reevaluation of the Mongol invasion and its influence on Chinese law and society, and presents a new look at the changing position of women in premodern China.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521180726
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/11/2010
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Chinese History, Literature and Institutions Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Women and property before the Sung: evolution and continuity; 2. Women and property in the Sung: legal innovation in changing times; 3. Women's property and Confucian reaction in the Sung; 4. The transformation of marriage and property law in the Yuan; Conclusion.

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