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China’s ordinary lives in the 12th-14th centuries

Using the selections we read in Jacques Gernets Daily Life in China on the Eve of the MongolInvasion, combined with at least one other primary…

Using the selections we read in Jacques Gernets Daily Life in China on the Eve of the MongolInvasion, combined with at least one other primary source from Weeks 10-12, analyze theextent to which the apparatus of the state reached into ordinary peoples lives in the 12th-14thcenturies. In what ways did the state exert influence over daily life? Were there parts ofurban or rural life with which the state was definitely involved, or, conversely, parts of lifewhich the state could not penetrate? What other institutions, organizations, or practiceshelped regulate peoples lives? Did these other institutions work to extend state power, orcome into conflict with it (or both)? If you observe any notable differences in the nature andextent of state penetration over time (from the Song and Yuan period to the Ming period) orspace (e.g. urban and rural, north and south), why might that be?

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