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Drowning girls in China : female infanticide since 1650

Author: D E Mungello
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book offers the first full analysis of the long-neglected and controversial subject of female infanticide in China. Drawing on little-known Chinese documents and illustrations, noted historian D.E. Mungello describes the causes of female infanticide and its persistence for two thousand years."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: D E Mungello
ISBN: 9780742555303 0742555305 9780742555310 0742555313
OCLC Number: 191207462
Description: xvi, 169 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: List of illustrations --
Maps --
China in the late Qing Dynasty --
Southern Jiangsu province --
Map of Shanghai in 1867 --
Preface --
Female infanticide --
Infanticide in world history --
Infanticide in China --
A subject or a sensibility? --
Female infanticide in nineteenth-century China --
Causes and forms of infanticide --
Buddhism and Daoism in popular morality literature --
Confucianism in popular morality literature --
Popular broadsheets and newspapers --
Official and literati efforts to combat infanticide --
Early official efforts to combat infanticide --
Early Qing literati efforts to assist abandoned children --
Literati foundling hospices --
Confucian arguments against female infanticide --
Nineteenth-century infant protection societies --
Infanticide deniers --
Denial in history --
Protestant missionary infanticide deniers --
Knowledgeable Protestant missionary observers --
The European cult of Chinese children --
Infanticide deniers in Europe --
The holy childhood and the cult of the child --
Creating a foreign island in China --
The Jesuit response to infanticide deniers --
Christian mission efforts to aid foundlings --
Seventeenth-century efforts to save exposed children --
Eighteenth-century Christian foundling hospices --
Catechists and Christian virgins --
Nineteenth-century Catholic efforts --
Female infanticide in modern China --
Conclusion --
Bibliography --
Notes --
Index --
About the author.
Responsibility: D.E. Mungello.
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This study represents a milestone in understanding the history of Chinese childhood. -- Dan Dervin * Journal Of Psychohistory * In this work, written with compassion, D. E. Mungello aims to tell a Read more...

 
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