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Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series 43

Powerful Relations

Kinship, Status, and the State in Sung China (960-1279)

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$47.50 • £38.95 • €43.00

ISBN 9780674695924

Publication Date: 04/20/1998


384 pages

6 x 9 inches

8 line drawings, 1 map, 1 table

Harvard University Asia Center > Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series


  • Introduction
  • Historical Change and Historiographical Shifts
    • Eulogy Rhetoric from the T’ang to the Sung
    • Historiographic Anomalies: The Grand-Councilor Sources
    • Historiographic Anomalies: The Wu-chou Sources
  • Precursors of Power: The Origins of Grand Councilors
    • Ancestral Backgrounds of Grand Councilors
    • Geographic Attachments and Political Success
    • Paths to Power
  • Preservation of Power: The Descendants of Grand Councilors
    • Factionalism and the Fall of the North
    • Perpetuating Position
    • Kinship, Status, and Geography
  • Partners in Power: Grand-Councilor Marriage
    • Marriage Practices
    • Marriage, Status, and Localism
  • Powerful People: Two Case Studies
    • The Northern Sung: The Hus of Yung-k’ang
    • The Southern Sung: The Wangs of Chin-hua
  • Seeking Status: The Emergence of the Local Elite in Wu-chou
    • Ancestral Origins
    • Paths to Power
    • Geography and Local Status
  • Sustaining Status: Wu-chou Descendants
    • Preserving Prosperity
    • Dodging Disaster
    • Kinship Organization and the Perpetuation of Status
  • Sharing Status: Marriage and Affinal Relations in Wu-chou
    • Marriage Practices
    • Relations with Affines
    • Marriage, Status, and Localism
  • Local Gentlemen in Wu-chou: Two Case Studies
    • The Northern Sung: The Chengs of Chin-hua
    • The Southern Sung: The Ch’ens of Yung-k’ang
  • Conclusion
  • Appendixes
    • Survey of T’ang and Sting Funerary Inscriptions by Date of Authorship
    • Inscription Sources for Kin Groups of Grand Councilors by Generation
    • Wu-chou Funerary Inscriptions by Date of Authorship
  • Reference Matter
    • Notes
    • Works Cited
    • Glossary
    • Index

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