Mourning in Late Imperial China: Filial Piety and the State (Cambridge Studies in Chinese History, Literature and Institutions)

  • Publish Date: 2006-11-02
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Norman Kutcher
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To win the approval of China's native elites, Qing China's new Manchu leaders developed an ambitious plan to return Confucianism to civil society by observing laborious and time-consuming mourning rituals, the touchstones of a well-ordered Confucian society. The first to do so in any language, Norman Kutcher's study of mourning looks beneath the rhetoric to demonstrate how the state--unwilling to make the sacrifices that a genuine commitment to proper mourning demanded--quietly but forcefully undermined, not reinvigorated, the Confucian mourning system.