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Emperor and Ancestor


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Contents A note for the non-specialist reader Introduction 1. Introduction Historical geography 2. Exotic Guangzhou 3. Confucian incursions 4. We and they 5. The land From registered households to lineages 6. Early Ming society 7. The recession of military service 8. The standardization of village rituals 9. Administrative transition Lineages gentrified 10. Lineage building: the Huo surname of Foshan 11. Local magnates and land development From Ming to Qing 12. Loyalty in the Ming-Qing transition 13. Power reshuffle in the early Qing 14. Proliferation of lineage institutions 15. The ordering of community in ritual life 16. Incorporation: the power of an idea 17. A short note on prosperity The nineteenth century transformation 18. The Mulberry Garden Dyke and Its Politics 19. From paramilitary to militia 20. Local power in the Taiping Rebellion 21. The foreign element in Pearl River delta society 22. Contradictions of the nation state: the backwardness of lineages Epilogue 23. Beyond the Pearl River delta Bibliography Glossary

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David Faure is Professor of History at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the coeditor of Down to Earth: The Territorial Bond in South China (Stanford University Press, 1995).


"In yet another fine monograph focused on the history of lineage in South China, Faure shows that administrative transformation of county government and ritual reforms leading lineages to create family temples led to the emergence of lineage-centered society... A welcome addition to other pivotal studies on lineage." - CHOICE "For more than twenty years, through is extensive archival and fieldwork in the New Territories of Hong Kong, David Faure has established himself as one of the premier authorities on the history of Chinese Lineage and society. His newest book, Emperor and Ancestor solidifies that reputation... This is an important book that should appeal to a broad range of readers." - The China Review "David Faure's satisfying new study not only shows us how the lands and people of Guangzhou's Pearl River Delta were physically and culturally made Chinese, it turns a key feature of the family system - the lineage - into an institution with an actual history." - The Journal of Chinese Studies "David Faure's Emperor and Ancestor is a thought-provoking study that seeks to historicize the institution of the lineage in late imperial South China...Faure crafts a detailed and convincing narrative of the rise and decline of the lineage from ea

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