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Civil examinations and meritocracy in late Imperial China

Author: Benjamin A Elman
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"During China's late imperial period (roughly 1400-1900 CE), men would gather by the millions every two or three years outside official examination compounds sprinkled across China. Only one percent of candidates would complete the academic regimen that would earn them a post in the administrative bureaucracy. Civil Examinations assesses the role of education, examination, and China's civil service in fostering the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin A Elman
ISBN: 9780674724952 067472495X
OCLC Number: 840460712
Description: xi, 401 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Ming Imperial Power, Cultural Politics, and Civil Examinations --
Ming to Qing: "Way Learning" Standards and the 8-Legged Essay --
Circulation of Ming-Qing Elites --
Classical Literacy in Late Imperial China --
Anxiety, Dreams, and the Examination Life --
Limits of Dynastic Power --
From Ming to Qing Policy Questions --
Curricular Reform: From Qing to the Taipings.
Responsibility: Benjamin A. Elman.

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Chinese civil examinations, a piece of social engineering worked out over centuries, prefigured the regime of meritocratic exams that undergirds higher education around the globe today. This book  Read more...

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