The Cambridge History of China: Volume 7, The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644

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Frederick W. Mote, Denis Twitchett, John K. Fairbank
Cambridge University Press, Feb 26, 1988 - History - 1004 pages
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This volume in the authoritative Cambridge History of China is devoted to the history of the Ming dynasty, with some account of the three decades before the dynasty's formal establishment, and of the Ming Courts, which survived in South China for a generation after 1644. Volume 7 deals primarily with political developments of the period, but it also incorporates background in social, economic, and cultural history where this is relevant to the course of events. The Ming period is the only segment of later imperial history during which all of China proper was ruled by a native, or Han dynasty. The success of the Chinese in regaining control over their own government is an important event in history, and the Ming dynasty thus has been regarded, both in Ming times and even more so in this century, as an era of Chinese resurgence. The volume provides the largest and most detailed account of the Ming period in any language. Summarizing all modern research in Chinese, Japanese, and Western languages, the authors have gone far beyond a summary of the state of the field, but have incorporated original research on subjects that have never before been described in detail. Volume 7 will be followed by a topical volume of Ming history (Volume 8) that will offer detailed studies of institutional changes, international relations, social and economic history, and the history of ideas and of religion.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The rise of the Ming dynasty 13301367
11
Regional powers ca 13501360
19
Military origins of Ming China
58
Nanking and its environs
75
The Hungwu reign 13681398
107
City plan of Nanking
110
Estates of the Ming princes
121
The Prince of Nings rebellion
429
The Chengte emperors southern tour
431
The Chiaching reign 1 5221566
440
Foreign policy and defense
466
Taoism and court politics
479
Fiscal crises
485
Sixteenthcentury Japanese pirate raids
497
Yen Sungs demise
505

Consolidation and stability
125
The Szechwan campaign 1371
126
The Hungwu reign 13681398
134
Year of transition and reorganization
139
The Yunnan campaign 13811382
144
Years of intensifying surveillance and terror
149
The Chienwen Yunglo Hunghsi
182
The Nanking campaign 1402
197
The Yunglo reign
205
China and Inner Asia at the beginning of the Ming
224
The Yunglo emperors Mongolian campaigns
225
Cheng Hos maritime expeditions
234
City plan of Peking
240
Principal offices of the imperial government
243
The Grand Canal
253
The Hunghsi reign
276
The Hsiiante reign
286
The Chengtung Chingtai and Tienshun
305
Areas affected by calamities and epidemics 14301450
311
The Tumu campaign 1449
323
The defense of Peking and the enthronement of a
325
The Chenghua and Hungchih reigns 1465
343
Issues in civil government in the Chenghua
358
Military problems
370
The Tateng hsia campaign 14651466
378
The ChingHsiang rebellions 14651476
385
Northern border garrisons and the Great Wall
390
The Chengte reign 15061521
403
The Prince of Anhuas uprising
409
The emperors travels
418
The Chengte emperors travels in the northwest
419
The Lungching and Wanli reigns 1567
511
A glowing twilight
518
The Tunglin academy and partisan controversies
532
Petty issues and a fundamental cause
544
An ideological state on the wane
550
The three major campaigns of the later Wanli reign
563
The Korean campaigns 15921598
569
The Manchu challenge
574
Yang Haos offensive against Nurhaci 1619
578
The Taichang reign AugustSeptember 1620
590
The Chungchen reign 16281644
611
The spread of peasant uprisings 16301638
624
The campaigns of Li Tzucheng 16411644
633
The Shun interregnum
637
The Southern Ming 16441662
641
Ching campaigns into South China 16441650
659
Initial resistance to Ching occupation in the lower
660
Principal locations of the Southern Ming courts
664
The end of the Southern Ming
696
Historical writing during the Ming
726
The National Bureau of Historiography Kuoshih kuan
736
Ming government publications relevant to history or
746
Semiofficial works on individual government agencies
755
Various notes dealing with historical subjects
763
Works on foreign affairs and on military organization
770
Works on local history
777
Bibliographic notes
783
Table
808
Bibliography
816
Glossaryindex
860
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