The Eunuchs in the Ming Dynasty

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SUNY Press, 1996 - History - 290 pages
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This study of Chinese eunuchs illuminates the entire history of the Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, and provides broad information on various aspects of pre-modern China.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
NEW THEMATIC APPROACHES
6
The Demand and Supply of Ming Eunuchs
11
FOREIGN SUPPLY OF EUNUCHS
14
DOMESTIC SUPPLY OF EUNUCHS
17
MORE SUPPLY THAN DEMAND
21
THE PROBLEMS OF EXCESSIVE CASTRATI
26
Institutionalization of the Eunuch Agencies
29
EUNUCH MISSIONS TO CENTRAL ASIA
131
MING EUNUCHS AND CHINESEKOREAN RELATIONS
135
Eunuchs and Ming Maritime Activities EUNUCHS AND THE MING MARITIME TRADE
141
TRADE WITH JAPAN AND THE RYUKYU ISLANDS
142
TRADE WITH SOUTHEAST ASIA
145
ZHENG HES SEVEN NAVIGATIONS
153
Eunuchs Involvement in the Ming Economy
165
EUNUCHS AS TAX COLLECTORS
170

EUNUCHS NEW HAVEN
34
EUNUCH AGENCIES INSIDE THE IMPERIAL CITY
39
EUNUCH AGENCIES OUTSIDE THE CAPITAL CITY
56
Eunuchs and the Ming Military System
59
THE EUNUCH BATTALIONS
63
THE NANJING GRAND COMMANDANT
69
EUNUCH COMMANDERS AND MING BUREAUCRACY
74
EUNUCHS AND TEAHORSE TRADE
78
Eunuchs and the Ming IntelligenceGathering Apparatuses THE EASTERN DEPOT
97
SUCCESSIVE DIRECTORS OF THE EASTERN DEPOT
101
THE WESTERN DEPOT
114
Eunuchs and Ming Diplomacy MING TRIBUTARY SYSTEM
119
THE MONGOLS AND THE TIBETANS
122
EUNUCHS ROLE IN THE MING SALT MONOPOLY
173
EUNUCHS AND MING MINING
177
EUNUCHS AS PURCHASING AGENTS AND MANUFACTURING MANAGERS
182
Miscellaneous Duties of the Ming Eunuchs
189
EUNUCHS AND MING FLOODCONTROL PROJECTS
197
EUNUCHS AND MING JUDICIARY REVIEWS
210
Conclusion
221
Eunuch Agencies and Their Duties in Ming Dynasty
231
APPENDIX 2 Glossary of Chinese Characters
235
NOTES
243
BIBLIOGRAPHY
271
INDEX
281
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Shih-shan Henry Tsai is Professor of History and Chairman of Asian Studies at the University of Arkansas.

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