Statesmen and Gentlemen: The Elite of Fu-Chou Chang-Hsi in Northern and Southern Sung

Statesmen and Gentlemen: The Elite of Fu-Chou Chang-Hsi in Northern and Southern Sung

by Robert Hymes

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Overview

Statesmen and Gentlemen is an important study of the way in which, during the twelfth- and thirteenth-centuries, China's ruling meritocracy was transformed into a locally rooted elite whose principal aim was the consolidation of their power, wealth and influence on a local as opposed to a national and dynastic basis. Professor Hymes offers a remarkable picture of the institutional and social changes this process entailed, but he also examines in detail the subtle ways in which the elite's perception of itself and its social role changed and it came to offer powerful support to local self-defence, social welfare, religious cults and temple-building.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521306317
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/16/1987
Series: Cambridge Studies in Chinese History, Literature and Institutions Series
Pages: 398
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.18(d)

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