Studies on the Jurchens and the Chin Dynasty: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Studies on the Jurchens and the Chin Dynasty

1st Edition

By Herbert Franke


400 pages

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The studies collected here derive in large part from the collaborative Chin history project, to which Professors Chan and Franke have made a massive contributuion. The Jurchens lived in northeastern Manchuria as hunters, fishers and farmers, until 1115 when they founded a dynastic state called Chin and went on to conquer northern China. Some of the studies here deal with the way of life of the pre-dynastic Jurchens, others with the law and institutions of the Chin state, and the treaties by which they sought to regulate their conflict with the Sung dynasty to the south. Taken together, these studies depict the varying mixture of Chinese and native traditions and customs that were adopted, presenting a detailed analysis of this multinational regime in medieval China.


'All ten articles contained in the collection are of uniformly high quality , and each opens a revealing window on Jurchen/Jin history and culture..we must…be grateful to Franke and Chan for their excellent work on this topic, including the fine articles collected here.' China Review International, Vol. 6, No. 1

Table of Contents

Contents: Chinese texts on the Jurchen (I): a translation of the Jurchen in the San ch’ao pei-meng hui-pien; Chinese texts on the Jurchen (II): a translation of chapter one of the Chin-shih; Some folkloristic data in the dynastic history of the Chin (1115-1234); Treaties between Sung and Chin; Jurchen customary law and the Chinese law of the Chin dynasty; The legal system of the Chin dynasty; Tea production and tea trade under the Jurchen-Chin dynasty; A note on wine; Calamities and Government relief under the Jurchen-Chin dynasty (1115-1234); Organization and utilization of labor service under the Jurchen-Chin dynasty; Index.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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HISTORY / General