Women, Property, and Confucian Reaction in Sung and Yuan China (960-1368)by Patrick Hannan, Birge Bettine, Bettine Birge
Pub. Date: 02/28/2008
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 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.
- Cambridge University Press
- Publication date:
- Cambridge Studies in Chinese History, Literature and Institutions Series
- Edition description:
- New Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(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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