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Title Custom, land and livelihood in rural south China : the traditional land law of Hong Kong's New Territories, 1750-1950 / Patrick H. Hase.
Imprint Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, 2013.


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Description 1 online resource.
Series Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong studies series
Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong studies series.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
Print version record.
Subject Land use -- Law and legislation -- China -- New Territories -- History.
Real property -- China -- New Territories -- History.
New Territories (China) -- Rural conditions -- Sources.
China -- New Territories.
Genre Electronic books.
Contents Introduction: The traditional New Territories, land and society -- The imperial land law -- The customary land law -- Registration for the land tax and collection of land tax -- Arable land : family holdings, trusts and clan holdings -- Restraints on transactions in land -- The next heir -- The middleman and the role of the community in land transactions -- Temporary and reversible alienations : mortgages and leases -- Land deeds and the Japanese occupation, 1941-1945 -- An overview -- Customary land deeds.
Summary Land was always at the centre of life in Hong Kong's rural New Territories: it sustained livelihoods and lineages and, for some, was a route to power. Villagers managed their land according to customs that were often at odds with formal Chinese law. British rule, 1898-1997, added complications by assimilating traditional practices into a Western legal system. Custom, Land and Livelihood in Rural South China explores land ownership in the New Territories, analysing over a hundred surviving land deeds from the late Ch'ing Dynasty to recent times, which are transcribed in full and translated into.
Other Title Print version: Hase, P.H. Custom, land and livelihood in rural south China 9789888139088