Brotherhoods and Secret Societies in Early and Mid-Qing China: The Formation of a Tradition

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This study examines the emergence and evolution in China of a tradition of popular organization generally known under the rubric of "secret society." The author suggests that the secret society is properly understood as one variety of the "brotherhood association," a category that encompasses a range of popular fraternal organizations that flourished in the early and mid-Qing period.The book begins by describing the proliferation of brotherhood associations in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, particularly in ...

Brotherhoods and Secret Societies in Early and Mid-Qing China: The Formation of a Tradition 1996, Stanford University Press, Palo Alto

ISBN-13: 9780804726511

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