1587, a Year of No Significance: The Ming Dynasty in Decline

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Yale University Press, Jul 1, 1982 - History - 278 pages
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In 1587, the Year of the Pig, nothing very special happened in China. Yet in the seemingly unspectacular events of this ordinary year, Ray Huang finds exemplified the roots of China's perennial inability to adapt to change. With fascinating accounts of the lives of seven prominent officials, he fashions a remarkably vivid portrayal of the court and the ruling class of late imperial China. In revealing the subtle but inexorable forces that brought about the paralysis and final collapse of the Ming dynasty, Huang offers the reader perspective into the problems China has faced through the centuries.
 

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Contents

The Wanli Emperor
1
Shen Shihhsing First GrandSecretary
42
A World without Chang Chucherg
75
The Living Ancestor
104
Hai Jui the Eccentric Model Official
130
Chi Chikuang the Lonely General
156
vii
272
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