Han Social Structure

Han Social Structure

Han Social Structure

Han Social Structure

Excerpt

This volume, the first of a series of monographs dealing with various aspects of the history of the Ch'in-Han period, was originally conceived as one chapter in a much more modest undertaking: a one-volume history of the Ch'in-Han dynasties, which was to be a companion volume to the work on the Liao dynasty by Karl August Wittfogel and Feng Chia-sheng. Under Professor Wittfogel's earlier plan there was to be one volume for each of the major dynasties. When, in 1939, Wang Yü-ch'üan joined Professor Wittfogel on the Han Project, roughly the same categories were established as those used in the Liao volume, and Wang began translating and annotating texts for each of the sixteen sections into which the finished work was to be divided. Later, Ch'ü T'ung-tsu joined the Project, and although he continued some of the work begun by Wang, he concerned himself largely with the topic of social structure.

Over the years a greater appreciation of the wealth of materials available led to recasting the form that the finished work should take. It was decided that, instead of a section, a volume or monograph was justified for each major subdivision. This volume is the first product of that revised approach to the materials.

This volume and many, though not all, of the others in this series are organized much like the Liao volume: there is an interpretive intro-

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