Monday, April 16, 2018

Women in Ancient China

Bret Hinsch

Rowman & Littlefield

Publication Date:
June 2018


This pioneering book provides a comprehensive survey of ancient Chinese women’s history, covering thousands of years from the Neolithic era to China’s unification in 221 BCE. For each period—Neolithic, Shang, Western Zhou, and Eastern Zhou—Bret Hinsch explores central aspects of female life: marriage, family life, politics, ritual, and religious roles. Deeply researched, the book draws on a wide range of Chinese scholarship and primary sources, including transmitted texts, inscriptions, and archaeological evidence. The result is a comprehensive view of women’s history from the beginnings of Chinese civilization up to the beginnings of the imperial era. Clear and readable, the book will be invaluable for both students and specialists in gender studies.

Table of Contents:

List of Figures
Chapter One: The Myth of Matriarchy
Chapter Two: Neolithic Era
Chapter Three: Shang Dynasty
Chapter Four: Western Zhou Era
Chapter Five: Eastern Zhou Era
Epilogue: The Myth of the Evil Woman

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