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Inside the World of the Eunuch: A Social History of the Emperor's Servants in Qing China

Melissa S. Dale


This book tells the story of how Chinese palace eunuchs, a complicated and much-maligned group of people, struggled to insert a degree of agency into their lives. During the Qing dynasty, the imperial court was determined to limit the influence of eunuchs by imposing a management style based upon strict rules, corporal punishment, and collective responsibility. Emasculation and employment placed eunuchs at the center of the empire, yet also subjected them to servile status and marginalization by society. Seeking more control over their lives, eunuchs repeatedly tested the boundaries of subserv ... More

Keywords: eunuch, eunuchs, China, Chinese, history, gender, Qing, palace, emasculation, servants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9789888455751
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888455751.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa S. Dale, author
University of San Francisco