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Forgery and Impersonation in Imperial China

Popular Deceptions and the High Qing State

Across eighteenth-century China a wide range of common people forged government documents or pretended to be officials or other agents of the state. This examination of case records and law codes traces the legal meanings and social and political contexts of small-time swindles that were punished as grave political transgressions.

About the Author

Mark McNicholas is associate professor of history at the Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College.

Endorsements

"Sheds new light on the interstices among state, society, and economy . . . [and] expands the field of Chinese social and legal history."—Thomas Buoye, author of Manslaughter, Markets, and Moral Economy: Violent Disputes over Property Rights in Eighteenth-Century China

"Richly documented with archival sources, Forgery and Impersonation in Imperial China explores the highly advanced and standardized Qing bureaucracy and the inevitable consequences of its imperfect mastery of advanced technologies of power: forgery, counterfeit, and impersonation, which stand out as aspects of early modernity itself."—Par Cassel, author of Grounds of Judgment: Extraterritoriality and Imperial Power in Nineteenth-Century China and Japan

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