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Village Governance in North China: 1875-1936
by Huaiyin Li
Stanford University Press, 2005
Cloth: 978-0-8047-5091-2 | eISBN: 978-0-8047-6755-2

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
This book is about village governance in China during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Drawing on government archives from Huailu county, Hebei province, it explores local practices and official systems of social control, land taxation, and "self government" at the village level. Its analysis of peasant behaviors bridges the gap between the rational choice and moral economy models by taking into account both material and symbolic dimensions of power and interest in the peasant community. The author's interpretation of village/state relations before 1900 transcends the state and society dichotomy and accentuates the interplay between formal and informal institutions and practices. His account of "state making" after 1900 underscores the continuity of endogenous arrangements in the course of institutional formalization and the interpenetration between official discourse and popular notions in the new process of political legitimization.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
Huaiyin Li teaches modern Chinese history at the University of Texas at Austin.
REVIEWS

“This book is a hugely informative study of the changing relation between villages and the state during the late Qing and early Republican periods....for anyone hoping to do research in this field it will be essential reading.”—China Review International

TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Table of Contents for

    Village Governance in North China, 1875-1936

    List of Maps and Tables

    Preface

    1.      Introduction

    Part 1.  Local Practices

    2.      The Setting

    3.      Cooperation and Control in the Peasant Community

    4.      Rules, Self-Interest, and Strategies

    5.      Tax Collection

    6.      Land and Tax Administration

    Part 2.  New Changes after 1900

    7.      Power, Discourse, and Legitimacy

    8.      Cooperation and Conflict over Village Schools

    9.      Elite Activism

    10.  Village Reorganization

    11.  Uncovering "Black Land"

    12.  Conclusion

    Notes

    Character List

    References

    Index

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