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Civil examinations and meritocracy in late Imperial China
AuthorElman, Benjamin A., 1946-
Pub. LocationCambridge, MAPublisherHarvard University Press
Date2013Phys. Desc.pdf. [xi, 401 p. ; 24 cm]
LocationDigital ArchivesCall NumberJQ1512.Z13 E8721115 2013d
Civil examinations and meritocracy in late Imperial China / Benjamin A. Elman.
Includes bibliographical references and index.

Part I. Becoming mainstream : "Way Learning" during the late empire: Ming Imperial Power, Cultural Politics, and Civil Examinations -- Ming to Qing: "Way Learning" Standards and the 8-Legged Essay
Part II. Unintended consequences of civil examinations Circulation of Ming-Qing Elites: Circulation of Ming-Qing elites -- Classical literacy in Late Imperial China -- Anxiety, Dreams, and the Examination Life
Part III. Retooling civil examinations to suit changing times: Limits of Dynastic Power -- From Ming to Qing Policy Questions -- Curricular Reform: From Qing to the Taipings.
Appendixes: 1. Dates of Chinese Dynasties. 2. Emperors of the Great Ming (1368– 1644). 3. Emperors of the Great Qing (1644– 1911).

"During China's late imperial period (roughly 1400-1900 CE), men would gather by the millions every two or three years outside official examination compounds sprinkled across China. Only one percent of candidates would complete the academic regimen that would earn them a post in the administrative bureaucracy. Civil Examinations assesses the role of education, examination, and China's civil service in fostering the world's first professional class based on demonstrated knowledge and skill."--Jacket.

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Subject(s)Civil service--China--Examinations--History
China--Officials and employees--Examinations
Civil service--China--History--Ming dynasty, 1368-1644
Civil service--China--History--Qing dynasty, 1644-1911
Rec. TypeDigital Book (PDF)LanguageEnglish
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #19794