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Estate And Family Management In The Later Han As Seen In The Monthly Instructions For The Four Classes Of People

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This chapter examines the Monthly Instructions, paying attention especially to the ways it can supplement other works, such as the standard histories, as a source for Later Han social history. Since the growth of the great families after the Later Han is one of the major social transitions of early Chinese History, it is important to examine the stages and processes of its development. The Monthly Instructions for the Four Classes of People has attracted the interest of many scholars. Ts'ui Shih's Monthly Instructions shows clan activities from a different, less political perspective. The Monthly Instructions offers advice on maintaining health in two distinct ways. One is the preparation of medicines, and the other is certain procedures which if followed will keep one in good health. From the information in Ts'ui Shih's Monthly Instructions it is possible to reconstruct many aspects of estate and family management in the Later Han.

Keywords: early Chinese Hisrory; estate management; family management; Later Han; Monthly Instructions; Ts'ui Shih



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