- Paperback: 554 pages
- Publisher: BiblioLife (18 July 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1113160500
- ISBN-13: 978-1113160508
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,440,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lion and Dragon in Northern China Paperback – 18 Jul 2009
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This book, originally published in 1910, tells of Johnston's own experience as an official in Wei-hai-wei, and reports much of his own assiduous research into the customs and folklore of the region. With the eye of an anthropologist and the skill of a historian, he explains the ownership of and, the structure of village leadership, festivals, the lives of women and children, religious activities (including Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism), graveyards, local superstitions, law and civil litigation, and the history of the area.
Johnston himself suggests Wei-hai-wei may be regarded as “a true miniature of China”, and his own service there as “an unique opportunity for the close study of sociological and other conditions in rural China”. He was himself an ardent admirer of traditional China, and suspicious of missionaries, foreign businessmen and even Chinese reformers trying out “modern ideas”. The book is therefore not just a detailed snapshot of China 100 years ago, but also the perspective of one enthusiastic “old China hand”.
Take care when buying modern reprints of this kind - make sure you get one that is a proper full facsimile, not just an OCR copy. The Bibliolife edition is fine.