Book Description:

"A detailed, interdisciplinary, empirical study of an important phenomenon....As such, it should quickly become the standard work on the topic." --American Historical Review "Illuminating research on an important topic in Chinese studies." --Choice "Highly informative and quite detailed." --China Review International, Fall 1999 "Wakefield's broad-ranging and detailed analysis of inheritance practices documented in household division documents, laws, and litigation fills many of the historical gaps left open by anthropologists primarily concerned with explaining contemporary practices of household division and family dynamics." --Journal of Asian Studies, February 2000 "Cet ouvrage s'adrèse ... aux historiens de l'économie, en ce sens que le thème de la division égalitaire des patrimoines est étudié dans l'optique d'une recherche sur les obstacles au développement spontané d'un capitalisme chinois." --Revue Bibliographique de Sinology, 2000

eISBN: 978-0-8248-6249-7
Subjects: Law, Sociology