This deeply researched book provides an original history of Chinese women during the pivotal Song and Yuan dynasties (960–1368). Bret Hinsch explores the most important aspects of female life in this era―political power, family, work, inheritance, religious roles, and emotions―and considers why the status of women declined during this period.
Chronology of Dynasties and Eras
8 The Conquest Dynasties
Conclusion: The Tang-Song Transition and Women’s History
Bret Hinsch’s wide-ranging and engagingly-written book lets us see a fascinating period in Chinese history from a different perspective: how it shaped the lives of women at all social levels.
This book is an excellent overview of women’s lives in Song and Yuan China. The research is meticulous and thorough, based on a careful synthesis of a large body of secondary literature. For students and general readers alike, the book is a balanced, accessible, and very useful introduction to the subject. Presenting the most up-to-date scholarly research and often-complex debates in an engaging style, Hinsch has accomplished a challenging task in an admirable manner.