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Death Ritual in Late Imperial and Modern China (Studies on China)

Death Ritual in Late Imperial and Modern China (Studies on China)
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780520071292
ISBN 10: 520071298
Edition: unknown
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 1990-11-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 349
List Price: $33.95

During the late imperial era (1500-1911), China, though divided by ethnic, linguistic, and regional differences at least as great as those prevailing in Europe, enjoyed a remarkable solidarity. What held Chinese society together for so many centuries? Some scholars have pointed to the institutional control over the written word as instrumental in promoting cultural homogenization; others, the manipulation of the performing arts. This volume, comprised of essays by both anthropologists and historians, furthers this important discussion by examining the role of death rituals in the unification of Chinese culture.

Author Biography: James L. Watson is Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University and Evelyn S. Rawski is Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh.