Custom, land and livelihood in rural south China : the traditional land law of Hong Kong's New Territories, 1750-1950 (Book, 2013) [WorldCat.org]
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Custom, land and livelihood in rural south China : the traditional land law of Hong Kong's New Territories, 1750-1950
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Custom, land and livelihood in rural south China : the traditional land law of Hong Kong's New Territories, 1750-1950

Author: P H Hase
Publisher: Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, [2013] ©2013
Series: Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong studies series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Land was always at the center of life in Hong Kong's rural New Territories: it sustained livelihoods and lineages and, for some, was a route to power. During imperial times villagers managed their land according to customs that were often at odds with formal Chinese law. British rule, 1898 to 1997, added complications by assimilating traditional practices into a western legal system. Custom, Land and Livelihood in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Deeds
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: P H Hase
ISBN: 9789888139088 9888139088
OCLC Number: 827952067
Language Note: Contains transcriptions and English translations of 119 deeds and other documents related to land tenure in the New Territories.
Description: xi, 513 pages, 16 plates : illustrations, facsimiles ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The traditional New Territories, land and society --
The imperial land law --
The customary land law --
Registration for the land tax and collection of land tax --
Arable land : family holdings, trusts and clan holdings --
Restraints on transactions in land --
The next heir --
The middleman and the role of the community in land transactions --
Temporary and reversible alienations : mortgages and leases --
Land deeds and the Japanese occupation, 1941-1945 --
An overview --
Customary land deeds.
Series Title: Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong studies series.
Responsibility: Patrick H. Hase.

Abstract:

Land was always at the center of life in Hong Kong's rural New Territories: it sustained livelihoods and lineages and, for some, was a route to power. During imperial times villagers managed their land according to customs that were often at odds with formal Chinese law. British rule, 1898 to 1997, added complications by assimilating traditional practices into a western legal system. Custom, Land and Livelihood in Rural South China explores land ownership in the New Territories, analyzing over a hundred surviving land deeds from the late Qing Dynasty to recent times, which are transcribed in full and translated into English. Together with other sources collected by the author during thirty years of research, these deeds yield information on all aspects of traditional village life -- from raising families and making a living to coping with intruders -- and evoke a view of the world which, despite decades of urbanization, still has resonance today.

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