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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press (Jun. 1962)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804707200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804707206
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
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" A pioneering high popularization of Sung social history. . . . An elegant work." "The Journal of Asian Studies"

" A fascinating picture of a lively and brilliant society. . . . Every major aspect of life during this period is treated with meticulous exactitude. . . . an unrivalled glimpse of Chinese society as it was seven hundred years ago." -- "Journal of Southeast Asian History"

"A fascinating picture of a lively and brilliant society. . . . Every major aspect of life during this period is treated with meticulous exactitude. . . . an unrivalled glimpse of Chinese society as it was seven hundred years ago."--Journal of Southeast Asian History

"A pioneering high popularization of Sung social history. . . . An elegant work."The Journal of Asian Studies

-A fascinating picture of a lively and brilliant society. . . . Every major aspect of life during this period is treated with meticulous exactitude. . . . an unrivalled glimpse of Chinese society as it was seven hundred years ago.---Journal of Southeast Asian History

-A pioneering high popularization of Sung social history. . . . An elegant work.-The Journal of Asian Studies

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"A fascinating picture of a lively and brilliant society. . . . Every major aspect of life during this period is treated with meticulous exactitude. . . . an unrivalled glimpse of Chinese society as it was seven hundred years ago."--Journal of Southeast Asian History
"A pioneering high popularization of Sung social history. . . . An elegant work."The Journal of Asian Studies


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This book deals with one the the periods when China, numbering sixty million inhabitants, was the richest and most powerful empire in the world. (Another one would be some 500 years later.) During the Sung dynasty the country flourished, even though wealth was far from evenly distributed, and the excesses of a small minority contributed to a worsening balance of payments and eventual weakening of the economy.

This empire would take a beating because of the Mongols' invasion in 1276, but up to then it was an even more impressive China than that Marco Polo would witness several decades later.

The capital was in Hangzhou, a port city near today's Shanghai, and its commercial fleet plied the seas exporting porcelain and silk. There was also relative peace, despite the fact that the Northern provinces had been lost already to the Mongols.

The book is written in scholarly academic style, but its flowing prose remains accessible to the non specialist as well.
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An informative and well researched book - not only that but easy to read as well!
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This book describes daily life in the capital of the Han dynasty. It was a very pleasant place because it was located between an artificial lake and a large river. Therefore transport was by boats in a system of canals.

You are shown how the people lived from the poor, middle, wealthy classes and even the emperor. What did they do, what did they eat, how did they dress. Regular festivals were very important. You can experience how people from the different classes enjoyed themselves. Family life, marriage and education were very different between the different classes. Life was very different then for all, however human nature, you will notice, has not changed.

During this period, the middle class developed very strongly with some became very wealthy as merchants. The chapter about religion is also very interesting. Most Chinese worshipped several deities that they believed protected or punished them depending on how they behaved.

The book describes the situation shortly before the Mongols conquered and occupied all of China. It does not describe in any detail the reasons for their inability to defend themselves.
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As a very distinguished Sinologist said to me once: 'no can call themselves truly civilized until they have read Jacques Gernet.'

This is still true.

Jacques Gernet is a marvellous guide to traditional Chinese culture - and this book is one of his finest.

A masterpiece of historical research, well-written and beautifully translated.
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This book was very interesting. It was Bought as a required text for my Daughter in College. I picked it up on one of her trips home and began reading it. Now that I have started it I dont think it will leave our home library. She has learned a great deal from it and now I am also
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hangzhou during the Southern Song. 30 Jan. 2004
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Translated from the French by H.M. Wright. The overall theme of the book is to dispel the notion of a China that was immobile, and that this lack of change is what aided in the success of the Mongol invasion. From a plethora of sources, Gernet reconstructs a snapshot of how society functioned during the end of the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279), only a few years before the invasion. To accomplish this task the book looks at a twenty-six year period (1250-1276), focusing on the Southern Song capital, Hangzhou, and its immediate surrounding areas. Areas of exploration include Hangzhou's social makeup (the upper classes, the merchants [which had increasingly gained importance], and the lower classes) to even details on clothing, cooking, festivals, and leisure hours.
The book overall is facinating in its detail and in the subject matter the author chose to explore. Many of the subjects have not been written about since, so there are still many avenues for further research. It has to be pointed out here that in light of the recent scholarly debates questioning the validity over Marco Polo's writings (see: Frances Woods, 1998 ; US News and World Report, 7/24/00), the quotes used in the book must be looked upon with this in mind. Gernet even points out that a few of the quotes he used in the book did not correspond with Chinese sources of the time (pp. 36, 47).
Although Gernet shows us a glimpse of Southern Song daily life, one with any knowledge of daily life in today's China will notice certain similarities between the two. The growth in mercantilism, rural to urban mass migration, the great disparity between the rich and poor, the popularity of prostitution and other promiscuous behavior all can be found in both societies.
One cannot help but walk away from a reading of this book and contemplate how China would have been today if it were not for the Mongol invasion, which halted the birth of a "modern China", centuries before the West. However, this Chinese modernization would have been far different from the West's given the way Chinese society is constructed, which has lent value to a person only within his/her social relations and has lacked any emancipation of the individual, (the cornerstone of modern Europe).
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