Recognized as the leading work in the field, this introductory survey offers the first sustained history of women in the early imperial era. Now in a revised edition that incorporates the latest scholarship and theoretical approaches, the book draws on extensive primary and secondary sources in Chinese and Japanese to paint a remarkably detailed picture of the distant past. Bret Hinsch's introductory chapters orient the nonspecialist to early imperial Chinese society; subsequent chapters explore women's roles from the multiple perspectives of kinship, wealth and work, law, government, learning, ritual, and cosmology. An enhanced array of line drawings, a Chinese-character glossary, and extensive notes and bibliography enhance the author's discussion. Historians and students of gender and early China alike will find this book an invaluable overview.
Bret Hinsch is professor in the Department of History, Foguang University, Taiwan.
Introduction Chapter 1: The Context: Early Imperial China Chapter 2: Kinship Chapter 3: Wealth and Work Chapter 4: Law Chapter 5: Government Chapter 6: Learning Chapter 7: Ritual Chapter 8: Cosmology Conclusion Glossary of Chinese Terms Bibliography