Relationship between Gentry and Plebs in the Land Disputes in Late Qing Dynasty: Study on the Basis of Archives of Huili in the Qing Dynasty
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The land suing case between the gentry Yang Caiting and the peasant woman surnamed Longpu was very fully and accurately recorded in the Archives of Huili in the Qing Dynasty. The case shows that, in local power pattern of Huili in the late Qing Dynasty, lower gentry and common people formed an intertwined relationship around land, property, money and debt. County officer still had a certain authority, but lower gentry had been unable to keep a favorable position in competition with common people by only depending on its status and economic strength.
Late Qing Dynasty, Farmland Dispute, Relationship between Gentry and Plebs.