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The History of Chinese Feudal Society

1st Edition

By Tung-tsu Chu


360 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138330597
pub: 2020-07-24
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Feudalism is one of the most studied topics in the field of history but without a consensus on its central characteristics, it remains a slippery concept.

The History of Chinese Feudal Society provides a comprehensive analysis on the rise and fall of feudalism in China. Drawing on a vast resource of archival materials, it is the first study to investigate feudalism in China from the perspective of sociology and to compare feudalism in China to feudalism in the West. The author proposes that land ownership and the relationship between land owners and farmers are the two determining factors of feudalism with the Yin Dynasty marking a transitional stage to feudalism while the Zhou Dynasty saw the establishment of feudalism as a political system and central institution.

This book was written by one of the best-known Chinese historians and has been a classic best-seller for decades. Students and scholars of Chinese history, especially Chinese feudalism, will find it to be an essential reference in their study and research.

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1 The Formation of Feudalism. 2 The Completion of Feudalism. 3 Land System of Feudalism. 4 Patriarchal Clan System of Feudalism. 5 Feudal Classes I. 6 Feudal Classes II. 7 Feudal Politics. 8 Collapse of Feudalism. Conclusion. Academic Chronology of Tung-tsu Chu.

About the Author

Tung-tsu Chu is member of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and research fellow at Columbia University and Harvard University. Research interests include sociology and history. His most important publications include Law and Society in Traditional China, Local Government in China Under the Ching , Han Social Structure and Feudalism in China.

About the Series

China Perspectives

The China Perspectives series focuses on translating and publishing works by leading Chinese scholars, writing about both global topics and China-related themes. It covers Humanities & Social Sciences, Education, Media and Psychology, as well as many interdisciplinary themes.

This is the first time that any of these books have been translated into English for international readers. The series aims to put forward a Chinese perspective, give insights into cutting-edge academic thinking in China, and inspire researchers globally.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Asia / China
HISTORY / Social History