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Joseph P. (University of Cambridge) McDermott - Author

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Books by Joseph P. (University of Cambridge) McDermott

The Making of a New Rural Order in South China: Volume 2, Merchants, Markets, and Lineages, 1500-1700

The Making of a New Rural Order in South China: Volume 2, Merchants, Markets, and Lineages, 1500-1700

Author: Joseph P. (University of Cambridge) McDermott Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/07/2020

This volume is written for anyone who has wondered about the growth of Chinese businesses and their relation to Chinese family and government institutions. Making full use of its partner volume's findings on village institutions in the southern prefecture of Huizhou, this volume explains how late imperial China's key regional group of merchants emerged from this prefecture's village lineages. It identifies the strategies they deployed to overcome the serious obstacles to their domination of major financial transactions and commodity markets throughout much of China from 1500 to 1700. At the same time it describes how the commercial success enjoyed by these 'house firms' undermined their lineages' social stability, making them vulnerable to competition from popular religious cults back home. In recounting how rural and urban institutions interacted through state and economic development, McDermott provides a powerful new framework for understanding late imperial China's distinctive trajectory to social and economic transformation.

The Making of a New Rural Order in South China: Volume 1, Village, Land, and Lineage in Huizhou, 900-1600

The Making of a New Rural Order in South China: Volume 1, Village, Land, and Lineage in Huizhou, 900-1600

Author: Joseph P. (University of Cambridge) McDermott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2016

Among the large caches of private documents discovered and collected in China, few rival the Huizhou sources for the insight they provide into Chinese local society and economy over the past millennium. Having spent decades researching these exceptionally rich sources, Joseph P. McDermott presents in two volumes his findings about the major social and economic changes in this important prefecture of south China from around 900 to 1700. In this first volume, we learn about village settlement, competition among village religious institutions, premodern agricultural production, the management of land and lineage, the rise of the lineage as the dominant institution, and its members' application of commercial practices to local forestry operations. This landmark study of religious life and economic activity, of lineage and land, and of rural residents and urban commercial practices provides a compelling new framework for understanding a distinctive path of economic and social development for premodern China and beyond.

The Making of a New Rural Order in South China: Volume 1, Village, Land, and Lineage in Huizhou, 900-1600

The Making of a New Rural Order in South China: Volume 1, Village, Land, and Lineage in Huizhou, 900-1600

Author: Joseph P. (University of Cambridge) McDermott Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2013

Among the large caches of private documents discovered and collected in China, few rival the Huizhou sources for the insight they provide into Chinese local society and economy over the past millennium. Having spent decades researching these exceptionally rich sources, Joseph P. McDermott presents in two volumes his findings about the major social and economic changes in this important prefecture of south China from around 900 to 1700. In this first volume, we learn about village settlement, competition among village religious institutions, premodern agricultural production, the management of land and lineage, the rise of the lineage as the dominant institution, and its members' application of commercial practices to local forestry operations. This landmark study of religious life and economic activity, of lineage and land, and of rural residents and urban commercial practices provides a compelling new framework for understanding a distinctive path of economic and social development for premodern China and beyond.

State and Court Ritual in China

State and Court Ritual in China

Author: Joseph P. (University of Cambridge) McDermott Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/09/1999

This broad-ranging examination of Chinese court and state ritual from 1000 BC to AD 1750 represents the first modern comprehensive account of the subject in any language. The essays demonstrate how and why ritual has played such a fundamental and often controversial role in the practice of Chinese politics. By tracing the political and social development of particular rituals, such as imperial funerals and popular religious practices or Buddhist ordination ceremonies and court audiences, the authors set out to convey their historical significance. Further discussion of the role of ritual in relation to language, and elite and popular concepts of emperorhood is included in the volume. The book will be of interest to students of Chinese history, anthropology and religion, as well as those seeking to understand the legacy of that history in modern China.