"A classic. All subsequent work in areas related to Chinese monetary history will simply have to follow in von Glahn's footsteps."Dennis O. Flynn, author of Born with a "Silver Spoon"
"An important study of a little-researched and maddeningly complex topic. It reflects a rare combination of strengths in monetary theory, more general social and economic history, and an impressive command of hard-to-find materials in both Chinese and Japanese."Kenneth Pomeranz, author of The Making of a Hinterland
"A fascinating story of the origins and development of the Wutong cult and the demonic in Chinese religion. From the Shang Dynasty down to late imperial times, Von Glahn lays before us an engaging wealth of knowledge and never-before presented data."Steve Bokenkamp,
Indiana University, and author of Early Daoist Scriptures
"No other writer has explored the place of the sinister in Chinese religion in such a thoughtful and nuanced way. An excellent, gracefully written study covering major themes of the Song through Ming periods."Patricia Ebrey, author of The
Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period