Peasants
(2,087 words)

Within the social hierarchy of traditional China peasants ranked second, right below the literati-officials (elites) and still above craftsmen and merchants. In the People's Republic, peasants have similarly received a positive rating as a revolutionary class. These official conceptions, however, stand in stark contrast to reality. While the peasants were at all times praised…

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Christiansen, Flemming, “Peasants”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 22 October 2017
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018



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