British Journal of Chinese Studies

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Vol 8 No 2 (2018)
Book Reviews

Bret Hinsch (2016). Women in Imperial China.

Hang Lin
Hangzhou Normal University
Published March 15, 2019
How to Cite
Lin, H. (2019). Bret Hinsch (2016). Women in Imperial China. British Journal of Chinese Studies, 8(2), 160-162.


The vast scope of Chinese women’s history throughout its two millennia-long imperial period invites sustained scholarly attention to their status, position, image, and a wide range of gender-related issues. Whereas recent years have witnessed an increasing interest in examining historical Chinese women in different dynasties, Bret Hinsch’s new book offers a succinct, yet eloquent survey of womanhood in the shifting contexts of Chinese history, from remote antiquity to the end of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911).

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