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Daily life in China, on the eve of the Mongol invasion, 1250-1276.

Author: Jacques Gernet; H M Wright
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1962. ©1962
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This volume is a detailed account of the thirteenth century Chinese, including sections on city life, social class, housing, cooking, personal grooming, as well as births, marriage, and death rituals, and yearly social and religious festivals.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jacques Gernet; H M Wright
ISBN: 0804707200 9780804707206
OCLC Number: 66575
Notes: Translation of La vie quotidienne en Chine, à la veille de l'invasion mongole, 1250-1276.
Description: 254 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
pt. 1: The city. The choice of Hangchow as capital --
Overpopulation and scarcity of accommodation --
Outbreaks of fire and firefighting --
Communications and supplies --
Amenities of town life --
pt. 2: Society. A world in process of transformation --
The upper classes --
The merchants --
The lower classes in urban surroundings --
The peasants --
pt. 3: Housing, clothing, cooking. Housing --
Personal toilet --
Clothing --
Cooking --
pt. 4: The life cycle. The family circle --
Birth --
Upbringing and education --
Marriage and the position of women --
Illness --
Death --
pt. 5: The seasons and the universe. The seasons and days of the year --
Festivals --
Religion --
pt. 6: Leisure hours. Effects of urban life --
Amusements --
Arts and letters --
pt. 7: Final portrait.
Other Titles: Vie quotidienne en Chine.
Responsibility: translated from the French by H.M. Wright.

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This volume is a detailed account of the thirteenth century Chinese, including sections on city life, social class, housing, cooking, personal grooming, as well as births, marriage, and death rituals, and yearly social and religious festivals.

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" A pioneering high popularization of Sung social history. . . . An elegant work." "The Journal of Asian Studies" " A fascinating picture of a lively and brilliant society. . . . Every major aspect Read more...

 
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excellent book on daily life during the later years of the Song dynasty

by bruced (WorldCat user published 2009-01-28) Excellent Permalink
<div id="saved_comments_66575">An excellent monograph on daily life in China during the later years of the Song dynasty. Covers everything from food, sanitation, religious practice, clothes, marriage, transportation, architecture, housing, and much more. The primary sources were mostly Chinese diaries...
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