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The Thorny Gates of Learning in Sung China a Social History of Examinations

by John W. Chaffee

  • ISBN: 9780791424247
  • ISBN10: 0791424243

The Thorny Gates of Learning in Sung China a Social History of Examinations

by John W. Chaffee

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
  • Publish date: 04/01/1995
  • ISBN: 9780791424247
  • ISBN10: 0791424243
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Description: List of illustrations List of tables List of abbreviations Geographical note Preface to the Second Edition Acknowledgments Part I 1. Introduction: the examination of life Two protests The examination of life The examination of literature The historical context 2. The structure of recruitment The Sung bureaucracy Recruitment of clerks and the military Recruitment of the civil service Patterns of recruitment Students and chu-jen The growth of the literati Recruitment and the social order Part II 3. For the utmost governance: examinations in the early Sung Sung examinations and the Confucian tradition Examinations under the early emperors Institutional innovations Qualifying for candidacy Occupational prohibitions Residency requirements Character qualifications The role of K'ai-feng 4. To be rooted in schools: examinations in the late Northern Sung The Ch'ing-li reforms Curriculum changes Schools and the reformers The Three Hall system The legacy of reform Government schools in the Southern Sung The spread of academics 5. The failure of fairness: examinations in the Southern Sung The examinations at mid-course The special preliminary examinations The higher examinations The extent of privilege The examinations in decline Part III 6. The geography of success The rise of the south Geographical biases The problem of regional units The distribution of chin-shih The unsuccessful regions Patterns of success 7. Through the thorny gates: the culture of examinations The terminology of testing The spread of ceremony The support of chu-jen The signs of selection The beginnings of an examination culture Examination stories The problems of youth The problem of age With help from the spirits 8. Conclusion The attempt at meritocracy Learning and authority Examinations and society Appendix 1: Methods of Entry into the Civil Service Appendix 2: Table 25. Departmental Graduates and Degrees Conferred by Year Appendix 3: Table 26. Sung Chin-shih Totals by Prefecture Based Upon Lists in Local Histories Appendix 4: An Evaluation of Local Histories as Sources for Sung Chin-shih Data Notes List of characters Bibliography Local Histories Other Works in Chinese and Japanese Works in Western Languages Recent Works in Western Languages Index
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