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Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series 101

After the Prosperous Age

State and Elites in Early Nineteenth-Century Suzhou

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$42.95 • £34.95 • €38.50

ISBN 9780674737174

Publication Date: 01/18/2016


306 pages

6 x 9 inches

1 halftone, 9 line illustrations, 2 maps

Harvard University Asia Center > Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series


  • List of Maps and Figures
  • List of Tables
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • I. From State Activism to Elite Activism
    • 1. The Ascendant Elite Activism in Local Public Works
    • 2. “Civilians Donate and They Manage”: Elite Activism in Hydraulic Works in Suzhou
    • 3. Fighting Famine: The Rise of “Civilian-Led Famine Relief”
  • II. Cultural Manifestations of Elite Activism
    • 4. The Shrine of Local Worthies and the Changing Patterns of the Enshrinement
    • 5. Shrine, Images, and Power: The Worship of Former Worthies in Early Nineteenth-Century Suzhou
    • 6. State Control of Local Gazetteers and Private Local Literature
    • 7. Bandit or Hero? Memories of Zhang Shicheng in Late Imperial and Republican Suzhou
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix: The Number and Provenance of Eminent Officials and Local Worthies, 1726–1874
  • Character List
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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