Lineage and Community in China, 1100–1500: Genealogical Innovation in Jiangxi

1st Edition

Xi He

Routledge
March 11, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 264 Pages - 13 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367364991 - CAT# 324604
Series: The Historical Anthropology of Chinese Society Series

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Summary

This book, based on extensive original research, provides evidence that the practice originated much earlier than previously understood. It shows that in the eleventh century, in southern China under the Song dynasty, the method of compiling a genealogy in the form a table, that is to say a family tree, replaced its statement as a textual paragraph and that this allowed the tracking of multi-line descent in ways that had previously been impossible.

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