Reviews 317 to the stereotypes they contained. In fact, this book also raises an extremely important question for historians; since eunuchs left practically no traces by themselves, the author had to rely on documents written by scholars who despised eunuchs and on crime reports they have committed, in order to decrypt their daily life and the various possibilities afforded to them under the Qing. Since these documents talk only about those who were transgressing the lines (or those who were caught doing so), and since, as the author mentioned, they were often ﬁlled with learned formulas, how could it be possible to account for the ordinary life of those who weren’t crossing the lines? This issue suggests that parts of uncharted areas of history are meant to be kept with a degree of uncertainty despite the creativity of researchers, especially when comes the time to tell the story of those who left little or no trace at all. However, despite the limits of the sources available, the interpretive analogy suggested by the author presents a realistic and detailed must-read answer to the question of what it meant to be a eunuch during the Qing: “It meant different things to
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Dec 12, 2019
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