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Ebrey, Patricia Buckley 1947-

Works: 98 works in 451 publications in 5 languages and 19,269 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Reference works  Case studies  Conference papers and proceedings  Genealogy 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Thesis advisor, Other, Composer
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Most widely held works by Patricia Buckley Ebrey
The Cambridge illustrated history of China by Patricia Buckley Ebrey( Book )

72 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 2,702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There are many more people in the world today who consider themselves Chinese than there are residents of all of Europe and North America combined. How did China as a culture and a state grow to be so large? Why hasn't it broken up like the Roman or Ottoman empires? How has it been possible for a single government to rule so many people? In The Cambridge Illustrated History of China Patricia Ebrey pursues these and other basic questions about the shaping of Chinese civilization. Her scope is phenomenal, embracing all aspects of Chinese arts, culture, economics and society, as well as China's treatment of women, foreign policy, emigrations and politics. However, key emphasis is placed throughout on the major social and cultural developments and on the way in which these wider forces impinged on the lives of ordinary people. Aware that hers is an outsider's interpretation, Professor Ebrey compensates by referring wherever possible to traditional Chinese interpretations of events and developments. Both a comprehensive introduction to this extraordinary civilization, and a detailed exploration of the continuities and disjunctures of Chinese history, this book is essential reading for all those interested in China, its society and culture
The inner quarters : marriage and the lives of Chinese women in the Sung period by Patricia Buckley Ebrey( )

22 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in English and held by 2,700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Sung Dynasty (960-1279) was a paradoxical era for Chinese women. This was a time when footbinding spread, and Confucian scholars began to insist that it was better for a widow to starve than to remarry. Yet there were also improvements in women's status in marriage and property rights. In this thoroughly original work, one of the most respected scholars of premodern China brings to life what it was like to be a woman in Sung times, from having a marriage arranged, serving parents-in-law, rearing children, and coping with concubines, to deciding what to do if widowed. Focusing on marriage, Patricia Buckley Ebrey views family life from the perspective of women. She argues that the ideas, attitudes, and practices that constituted marriage shaped women's lives, providing the context in which they could interpret the opportunities open to them, negotiate their relationships with others, and accommodate or resist those around them. Ebrey questions whether women's situations actually deteriorated in the Sung, linking their experiences to widespread social, political, economic, and cultural changes of this period. She draws from advice books, biographies, government documents, and medical treatises to show that although the family continued to be patrilineal and patriarchal, women found ways to exert their power and authority. No other book explores the history of women in pre-twentieth-century China with such energy and depth
Marriage and inequality in Chinese society by Rubie S Watson( )

18 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and held by 2,120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Until now our understanding of marriage in China has been based primarily on observations made during the twentieth century. The research of ten eminent scholars presented here provides a new vision of marriage in Chinese history, exploring the complex interplay between marriage and the social, political, economic, and gender inequalities that have so characterized Chinese society
Religion and society in Tʼang and Sung China by Patricia Buckley Ebrey( )

12 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Tang (618-907) and Sung (960-1279) dynasties were times of great change in China. The economy grew spectacularly, the population doubled, migration brought more and more people to the fertile south, and printing led to a great increase in the availability of books. Buddhism became a fully sinicized religion that penetrated deeply into ordinary life. New cults and sects appeared and flourished. Chan became the dominant force within institutional Buddhism, Celestial Heart and Thunder Rites teachings gained prominence within Taoism, local gods such as Wen-chang came to be worshiped all over the country, and office-holding gods, such as the gods of city walls, became a common feature of the popular pantheon. Even Neo-Confucianism, often thought of simply as an intellectual movement, was in many ways like a new sect, its followers asked to alter fundamentally their patterns of daily life and even to worship at shrines to Confucian heroes. How were changes in the religions of the Chinese people implicated in the momentous social and cultural changes of this period? This volume represents a collaborative effort of nine scholars of Chinese religion, history, and thought to begin addressing this question. Their separate chapters vividly convey the diversity of the Tang and Sung religious world: gods that communicate through spirit writing; scholars who use veneration of maligned officials as subtle forms of political protest; local residents who try to enhance their power by asserting the power of their gods or getting titles for them; officials who seek the most up-to-date techniques to master occult forces. Still the larger goal of the authors is to contribute toward a more integrated understanding of Chinese culture and the ways it has changed. Basing themselves on close study of often difficult texts, each author has looked for evidence of interconnections: links between social and religious changes, between political or economic developments and religious ideas or practices, between folk religion and institutional religion, between Confucian philosophy and changes in the social and religious landscape, and between the ways religious and secular groups were organized. Taken together, these nine chapters present a new, fuller, and more nuanced view of the Chinese religions in this period of change
Emperor Huizong by Patricia Buckley Ebrey( )

10 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first comprehensive English-language biography of this important monarch, Emperor Huizong is a nuanced portrait that corrects the prevailing view of Huizong as decadent and negligent. Patricia Ebrey recasts him as a ruler genuinely ambitious--if too much so--in pursuing glory for his flourishing realm."
Women and the family in Chinese history by Patricia Buckley Ebrey( )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 1,191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Ebrey explores features of the Chinese family, gender, and kinship systems as practices and ideas intimately connected to history and therefore subject to change over time. Topics range from dowries, the sale of women into concubinary, the excesses of the imperial harem, and footbinding
Chinese civilization and society : a sourcebook( Book )

7 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Confucianism and family rituals in imperial China : a social history of writing about rites by Patricia Buckley Ebrey( Book )

17 editions published between 1991 and 2016 in English and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To explore the historical connections between Confucianism and Chinese society, this book examines the social and cultural processes through which Confucian texts on family rituals were written, circulated, interpreted, and used as guides to action. Weddings, funerals, and ancestral rites were central features of Chinese culture; they gave drama to transitions in people's lives and conveyed conceptions of the hierarchy of society and the interdependency of the living and the dead. Patricia Ebrey's social history of Confucian texts shows much about how Chinese culture was created in a social setting, through the participation of people at all social levels. Books, like Chu Hsi's Family Rituals and its dozens of revisions, were important in forming ritual behavior in China because of the general respect for literature, the early spread of printing, and the absence of an ecclesiastic establishment authorized to rule on the acceptability of variations in ritual behavior. Ebrey shows how more and more of what people commonly did was approved in the liturgies and thus brought into the realm labeled Confucian. Originally published in 1991. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
Chinese civilization : a sourcebook by Patricia Buckley Ebrey( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides information on the social and cultural history of China through a collection of documents, including popular stories, descriptions of local customs, contracts, and essays that reveal how ordinary people thought, and includes translations of philosophical and religious texts, and historical accounts of great events
Family and property in Sung China : Yüan Tsʻai's Precepts for social life by Cai Yuan( Book )

9 editions published between 1984 and 1999 in English and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chu Hsi's family rituals : a twelfth-century Chinese manual for the performance of cappings, weddings, funerals, and ancestral rites by Xi Zhu( Book )

12 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The aristocratic families of early imperial China : a case study of the Po-ling Tsʻui family by Patricia Buckley Ebrey( Book )

21 editions published between 1978 and 2015 in English and Chinese and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Much scholarly work has been published on the Chinese medieval 'aristocracy', in Chinese, Japanese and Western languages. It is commonly accepted that the change from an aristocratic society to a 'meritocracy' was one of the turning points of Chinese history. But since almost every aspect of political, economic and cultural history is involved in questions of the nature of the aristocracy, perhaps the only way to test theories of the means by which a small elite preserved its social status and political prestige for seven or eight hundred years is by tracing the fortunes of a single family in great detail. The present work is a fully documented case study of the Ts'uis of Po-ling from the first through the ninth centuries. By observing OW evolution of the Ts'uis as an aristocratic kinship group – and an unusual quantity of rich and original source material was available to Dr Ebrey – the author demonstrates OW fluctuation in aristocratic influence and tic changing basis of such families' prestige and power. Studies such as this are essential to enlarge our knowledge not only of medieval society and politics in China but also the development of family and lineage. In the light of the detailed evidence Dr Ebrey provides, many conventional views many well have to be abandoned
Kinship organization in late imperial China, 1000-1940 by Patricia Buckley Ebrey( Book )

18 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

East Asia : a cultural, social, and political history by Patricia Buckley Ebrey( Book )

24 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written by top scholars in the field, East Asia: A Cultural, Social, And Political History, delivers a comprehensive cultural, political, economic, and intellectual history of East Asia, while focusing on the narratives and histories of China, Japan, and Korea in a larger, global context
Emperor Huizong and late Northern Song China : the politics of culture and the culture of politics( Book )

9 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Huizong was an exceptional emperor who lived through momentous times. A man of many talents, he wrote poetry and created his own distinctive calligraphy style; collected paintings, calligraphies, and antiquities on a large scale; promoted Daoism; and involved himself in the training of court artists, the layout of gardens, and reforms of music and medicine. The quarter century when Huizong ruled is just as fascinating. The greatly enlarged scholar-official class had come into its own but was deeply divided by factional strife. The long struggle between the Chinese state and its northern neighbors entered a new phase when Song proved unable to defend itself against the newly emergent Jurchen state of Jin. Huizong and thousands of members of his family and court were taken captive, and the Song dynasty had to recreate itself in the South."--Publisher's website
Culture and power in the reconstitution of the Chinese realm, 200-600( Book )

9 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"China's early medieval age - the time between the fall of the Han in A.D. 220 and the Sui's reunification of the realm in 589 - receives short shrift in most accounts of Chinese history, which typically characterize it in negative fashion as an age of disorder and dislocation, ethnic strife and bloody court battles, an era whose only notable achievement was the introduction of Buddhism. But despite the violence and volatility, these centuries were a time of extraordinary cultural flowering, which reshaped and deeply enriched Chinese civilization. Culture and cultural change are the primary focuses of the eight essays in this volume." "The authors of these essays address the growth of cities, literary theory, the civil service examinations, Buddhist art, governmental reform, Daoism, and literary anthologies. Although they take diverse viewpoints as they seek to chart the changes that unfolded across the early medieval age, their work is bound together by several overarching themes: evolving notions of the nature of the center and its relationship to the periphery, of boundaries between groups and regions: ideas of order and the re-creation of order; and views on connections to the past and the significance of historical inheritance. These are issues that were central to the work of reconstituting a Chinese realm that was both culturally and politically coherent."--Jacket
Accumulating culture : the collections of Emperor Huizong by Patricia Buckley Ebrey( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Italian and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an illustrated examination of a collection of Chinese calligraphy, paintings, bronzes, and many other objects amassed by the Song dynasty emperor Huizong (1082-1135). It contributes to a rethinking of the cultural side of Chinese imperial rule and of the court as a patron of scholars and the arts
State power in China, 900-1325 by Patricia Buckley Ebrey( )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection provides new ways to understand how state power was exercised during the overlapping Liao, Song, Jin, and Yuan dynasties. Through a set of case studies, it examines large questions concerning dynastic legitimacy, factional strife, the relationship between the literati and the state, and the value of centralization. How was state power exercised? Why did factional strife periodically become ferocious? Which problems did reformers seek to address? Could subordinate groups resist the state? How did politics shape the sources that survive? The nine essays explore key elements of state power, ranging from armies, taxes, and imperial patronage to factional struggles, officials' personal networks, and ways to secure control of conquered territory. Drawing on new sources, research methods, and historical perspectives, the contributors illuminate the institutional side of state power while confronting evidence of instability and change--of ways to gain, lose, or exercise power"--Provided by publisher
Pre-modern East Asia, to 1800 : a cultural, social, and political history by Patricia Buckley Ebrey( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Visual and material cultures in Middle Period China( Book )

7 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eight studies examine key features of Chinese visual and material cultures, ranging from tomb design, metalware, ceramic pillows, and bronze mirrors, to printed illustrations, calligraphic rubbings, colophons, and paintings on Buddhist, landscape, and narrative themes. Questions addressed include how artists and artisans made their works, the ways both popular literature and market forces could shape ways of looking, and how practices and imagery spread across regions. The authors connect visual materials to funeral and religious practices, drama, poetry, literati life, travel, and trade, showing ways visual images and practices reflected, adapted to, and reproduced the culture and society around them. Readers will gain a stronger appreciation of the richness of the visual and material cultures of Middle Period China
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The Cambridge illustrated history of China
The inner quarters : marriage and the lives of Chinese women in the Sung periodMarriage and inequality in Chinese societyReligion and society in Tʼang and Sung ChinaWomen and the family in Chinese historyConfucianism and family rituals in imperial China : a social history of writing about ritesChinese civilization : a sourcebookChu Hsi's family rituals : a twelfth-century Chinese manual for the performance of cappings, weddings, funerals, and ancestral ritesThe aristocratic families of early imperial China : a case study of the Po-ling Tsʻui family
Alternative Names
Brey, Patricia, 1947-

Buckley Ebrey, Patricia

Buckley Ebrey, Patricia 1947-

Ebrey, Patricia.

Ebrey, Patricia 1947-

Ebrey, Patricia B. 1947-

Ebrey, Patricia Buckley

Ebrey, Patricia Buckley 1947-

Patricia Buckley Ebrey 1947-

Patricia Buckley Ebrey American historian

Patricia Buckley Ebrey historienne américaine

Yi, Peixia 1947-

에브리, 패트리샤 버클리 1947-

이브리, P.B. 1947-

패트리샤 버클리 에브리 1947-


伊沛霞 1947-

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