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Author McMahon, Keith

Title Women shall not rule : imperial wives and concubines in China from Han to Liao / Keith McMahon
Published Lanham : Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated, 2013


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 295 pages)
Contents Prologue: Sexual Politics and State Politics -- Part I. Early China, 1250 BC-317 CE -- The Institution and Values of Royal Polygamy -- Empresses and Consorts of the Former Han, 206 BCE-25 CE -- The Later Han to the End of the Western Jin, 25-317 -- Conclusion to Part I: A Review of Themes from the Biographies of Empresses and Consorts -- Part II. The Eastern Jin to the Reign of Wu Zetian, 317-712 -- The Period of Disunity, 317-589 -- The Sui and Early Tang Dynasties to Empress Wu, 581-705 -- Conclusion to Part II: The Question of Female Rulership -- Part III. The High Tang to the Liao, 712-1125 -- The Tang from Xuanzong to Its Fall, 712-907 -- The Love Affair of an Aging Emperor and his Young Consort -- The Five Dynasties, Ten Kingdoms, and the Liao, 907-1125 -- Concludion to Part III: Strong Women and Weak Men
Summary Chinese rulers guaranteed male successors by taking multiple wives, sometimes in the thousands. Women Shall Not Rule is a fascinating history of the imperial wives and concubines, especially in light of the greatest challenges to polygamous harmony-rivalry between women and their attempts to engage in politics. Keith McMahon, a leading expert on the history of gender in China, draws upon decades of research to describe polygamous emperors and women rulers throughout Chinese history. Displaying rare historical breadth, his
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-279) and index
Notes English
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Subject Emperors' spouses -- China -- History -- To 1500
Mistresses -- China -- History -- To 1500
Polygamy -- Political aspects -- China -- History -- To 1500
Concubinage -- China -- History -- To 1500
Emperors' spouses -- China -- Biography
Mistresses -- China -- Biography
Women -- Political activity -- China -- History -- To 1500
Sex role -- China -- History -- To 1500
HISTORY -- Asia -- China.
Emperors' spouses
Politics and government
Polygamy -- Political aspects
Sex role
Women -- Political activity
China -- Politics and government -- 221 B.C.-960 A.D.
China -- Politics and government -- 960-1279.
Genre/Form collective biographies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2021676679
ISBN 9781442222908