Providing the best surviving evidence of the everyday thinking of the Sung upper class, Yuan Ts'ai's twelfth-century manual is the advice of a typical educated man on the concerns of managing a family, from rearing children and arranging their marriages, to avoiding social conflict, training servants, and managing property and preserving it for the next generation.
Originally published in 1984.
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Table of Contents:
- FrontMatter, pg. i
- CONTENTS, pg. v
- PREFACE, pg. vii
- ABBREVIATIONS, pg. ix
- PART ONE. Class, Culture, Family, and Property, pg. 1
- PART TWO. Precepts for Social Life, pg. 173
- APPENDIX A. Editions of the Precepts for Social Life and Their Transmission, pg. 322
- APPENDIX Β. Discrepancies Between the 1179 and 1190 Editions, pg. 331
- GLOSSARY, pg. 337
- SOURCES CITED, pg. 341
- INDEX, pg. 359
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