Book Reviews / T’oung Pao 94 (2008) 151-206 177 Portrait of a Community. Society, Culture, and the Structures of Kinship in the Mulan River Valley (Fujian) from the Late Tang through the Song. By Hugh R. Clark, Hong Kong, The Chinese University Press, 2007. xiv + 473 pp. 19 Charts, 10 Tables, 4 Appendices, Notes, Glossary, Bibliography, Index. ISBN 13: 978-962-996-227-2 / ISBN 10: 962-996-227-6 Hugh Clark is strongly committed to the practice of local history. He believes that historical developments look different when viewed from a local perspective. As he puts it in the introduction to Portrait of a Community , “No matter how correct an interpretation may seem from the perspective of the large, the general, the center, it often does not seem so when looked at from the vantage point of the small, the particular, or the local” (p. 6). His first book, Community, Trade, and Networks: Southern Fujian Province from the Third to the Thirteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 1991), dealt with the three coastal prefectures of Xinghua, Quan- zhou, and Zhangzhou, tracing their economic development over a long time period. After completing that book, Clark continued to specialize on southern Fujian (Minnan), and
T'oung Pao – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
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