From Ming to Ch'ing: Conquest, Region, and Continuity in Seventeenth-century China

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Jonathan D. Spence, John E. Wills, Jr.
Yale University Press, 1979 - History - 413 pages
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The collapse of the Ming dynasty and the takeover of China by Manchu rulers in the 1640s were of crucial importance in the late history of China. But because traditional Chinese sources arbitrarily divide the century at the change of dynasty in 1644, it has been difficult to form a clear picture of the transition. The nine essays in this book will contribute significantly toward understanding the complexity of change and continuity over the span of time leading up to and resulting from the tumult of the mid-1600s.
"The fullest introduction in English to the Ming-Ch’ing transition.”--Tom Fisher, Pacific Affairs
"No other recent work compares with its scope, and no older work can stand up to the introduction of its new materials and perspectives.”--Library Journal
"[This book] makes a valuable contribution to Ming-Ch’ing studies and should be required reading for anyone interested in the two dynasties.”--James B. Parsons, American Historical Review
 

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Jonathan D. Spence was born in Surrey, England on August 11, 1936. He received a B.A. in history from Clare College, Cambridge University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He was Sterling Professor of History at Yale University from 1993 to 2008. As a historian specializing in Chinese history, he wrote several books including The Search for Modern China, The Death of Woman Wang, and The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci. The Gate of Heavenly Peace won the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Henry D. Vursell Memorial Award of the American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters.

John E. Wills Jr. is professor of history at the University of Southern California and the author of many acclaimed works in cultural history.

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