Patricia Buckley Ebrey

University of Washington
Historian; Educator
Humanities and Arts

Ebrey is the premier historian of Chinese social history during the millennium and more of the early and middle empire, including the food and funerals, marriage and money, painting and politics, writing and religion, inheritance and intellectuals. Her prize-winning book on women of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), The Inner Quarters (1993), remains the most important treatment of women in that pivotal period. Her first book, on the early imperial aristocracy, was translated into Chinese thirty-four years after it first appeared. She has co-authored multiple editions of textbooks in both East Asian and world history; produced the extremely successful single-authored Cambridge Illustrated History of China (2010, translated into nine languages); and compiled and edited a major collection of primary documents.

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