The Inheritance Rights of Daughters

  title={The Inheritance Rights of Daughters},
  author={Kathryn Bernhardt},
  journal={Modern China},
  pages={269 - 309}
Scholars of Chinese legal and social history have long been intrigued by apparent evidence that daughters had stronger rights to family property during the Southern Song than at any other time in Chinese history before the twentieth century. The evidence comes from the Collection of Lucid Decisions by Celebrated Judges (Minggong shupan qingmingii, hereafter referred to as Qingmingii), a collection of 473 Southern Song judgments. A number of cases contained therein suggest that a daughter had… 

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