Enlightened Judgments, The, Ch'ing-ming Chi: The Sung Dynasty Collection / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- State University of New York Press
The Enlightened Judgments introduces everyday life in thirteenth-century China. The Sung Dynasty author of the collection brought together a host of documents selected from local judicial decisions and official papers to provide insights into contemporary life and its problems. It introduces a wonderful cast of Chinese characters–soldiers, merchants, gamblers, fishmongers, farmers, prostitutes, officials, local clerks, boatmen, military officers, Buddhist monks, lowly members of the imperial clan, local strongmen, and landlords. Relatives support one another or argue bitterly over property, abuse one another physically and verbally, or stand together resolutely in the face of outside trouble. Marriages, divorces, adoptions, inheritances, and commercial dealings of various sorts provide the core topics of the judicial decisions. Petty crimes–assaults between fishmongers, extortions by fishermen, even dressing in drag–are mixed with brutal stories that touch on torture, homicide, and enslavement. No other work so vividly portrays the difficulties of daily life in China a millennium ago.
This work offers translations of the original texts, introductions that set these pieces in context, and headnotes to each entry which provide a brief guide to clarify the content of the selection.
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
|Series:||SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Brian E. McKnight is Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Law and Order in Sung China.
James T. C. Liu was Professor Emeritus of East Asian Studies at Princeton University. He was the author of China Turning Inward; Qu-yang Hsiu: An Eleventh Century Neo-Confucianist; and Reform in Sung China.
Table of ContentsList of Charts and Illustrations
The Enlightened Judgments
Contents of the Translation
Part 1. Officials
Part 2. Taxes and Services
Part 3. Academic Affairs
Part 4. Households and Marriage
Part 5. Human Relationships
Part 6. Categories of Persons
Part 7. Chastising Evil
Appendix A. Sung Local Administrative Units and Their Major Functionaries
Appendix B. Conversion of Penalties during the Southern Sung
Appendix C. Sung Measurements