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Title Ming gong shu pan qing ming ji. Selections. English.
The enlightened judgments : Qingming ji : the Sung dynasty collection / translated by Brian E. McKnight and James T.C. Liu ; annotated and introduced by Brian E. McKnight.
Imprint Albany : State University of New York Press, 1999.


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Description 1 online resource (xi, 567 pages).
Series SUNY series in Chinese philosophy and culture
SUNY series in Chinese philosophy and culture.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 553-558) and index.
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Subject Law reports, digests, etc. -- China.
Law -- China -- Sources.
China -- Social life and customs -- 960-1644 -- Sources.
Genre Sources.
Contents Officials -- Taxes and services -- Academic affairs -- Households and marriage -- Human relationships -- Categories of persons -- Chastising evil -- Sung local administrative units and their major functionaries -- Conversion of penalties during the southern Sung -- Sung measurements.
Summary "The Enlightened Judgments introduces everyday life in thirteenth-century China. The Sung Dynasty author of the collection brought together a host of documents selected from local judicial decisions and official papers to provide insights into contemporary life and its problems. It introduces a wonderful cast of Chinese characters - soldiers, merchants, gamblers, fishmongers, farmers, prostitutes, officials, local clerks, boatmen, military officers, Buddhist monks, lowly members of the imperial clan, local strongmen, and landlords. Relatives support one another or argue bitterly over property, abuse one another physically and verbally, or stand together resolutely in the face of outside trouble. Marriages, divorces, adoptions, inheritances, and commercial dealings of various sorts provide the core topics of the judicial decisions. Petty crimes - assaults between fishmongers, extortions by fishermen, even dressing in drag - are mixed with brutal stories that touch on torture, homicide, and enslavement. No other work so vividly portrays the difficulties of daily life in China a millennium ago." "This work offers translations of the original texts, introductions that set these pieces in context, and headnotes to each entry which provide a brief guide to clarify the content of the selection."--Jacket.
Other Author McKnight, Brian E.
Liu, James T. C., 1919-1993.
Other Title Print version: Ming gong shu pan qing ming ji. English. Selections. Enlightened judgments. Albany : State University of New York Press, 1999 0791442438