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Village and Bureaucracy in Southern Sung China

In imperial China, workers drawn from the local populace performed many of the basic functions of local administration. Standing between the rulers and the ruled, these men mediated in both directions. McKnight’s study concentrates on the nature of this village-level subbureaucratic activity in the Sung period; it sheds new light on the emergence of early Chinese society while providing a background against which to assess social changes during later dynasties.

230 pages | 5.25 x 8.125 | © 1971

History: Asian History

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
1. Introduction
2. The Northern Sung: Clerical Personnel and Village Officers
3. The Southern Sung Village Service System: Functions and Procedures
4. Structure of the Village Service System
5. Selection of Personnel: Privileged Households
6. Registration and Grading of Households
7. Further Criteria of Liability and Procedures of Conscription
8. Problems and the Search for a Solution
9. Conclusion

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