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Christine; Song Jianze; Vogel, Hans Ulrich (eds.)
Chinese Handicraft Regulations of the Qing Dynasty:
Theory and Application
2005 • ISBN 978-3-89129-405-5 ·
559 S., kt. · EUR 84,—
In recent years, regulatory texts issued by the central
administration and the regional authorities of the Qing dynasty (1644–1922)
have increasingly attracted the attention of historians in China and abroad.
More and more materials of this type are being rediscovered and reproduced.
This calls for a survey of the present research situation: Where are the
sources and what research potential do they harbour? The regulations taken
under scrutiny in this volume are related to the administration of crafts
and transport in the service of the state. Case studies address the
organization of building and printing, the manufacture of weapons, casting
and distribution of copper cash, hydraulic engineering as well as river and
sea transport. How practical and useful were the technical norms? How were
the costs for public projects calculated; were the government accounts
realistic? In which areas did work conflicts occur, and how were they
settled? Could water transport be effectively controlled by the government?
These studies are combined with more general considerations on the
representation of craft processes, with state-of-the-field analyses of
Chinese regulatory texts and of the research situation in European craft
history. The volume concludes with a bibliography of the handicraft
regulations that have so far been discovered.
Hans Ulrich Vogel
Welf H. Schnell
William T. Rowe
Jane Kate Leonard