Marriage, Kinship, and Power in Northern China

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This volume focuses on changing marriage practices and kinship structures in a setting of interaction between the ruling elites and their Chinese subjects. The collection covers three major themes: the unique adaptability of steppe society in the face of threats to its politcal dominance; the way shifts in inheritance procedure (including rights of office) induce a radical shift in attitudes to marriage as well as change in the parameters of kinship solidarity; and the enduring importance of affinal ties (connections through the mother, wife and sister) in Chinese society.

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Observations on Marriage and Inheritance Practices
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The Harem in Northern Wei Politics 398498 AD 7196
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Marriage Kinship and Succession under
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