There isn't much I can on this book. It's scholarly rather than narrative, though it is usually interesting. It thankfully gives a view of all layers of society, not just the reclusive emperors. You get the story of slaves, peasants, merchants and eunuchs, and their role in Ming society. The Chapters are as follows.
The Ming Empire in ascendency 1.Conquest of an empire 2.Government 3.The Army 4.The people 5.Culture and religion 6.Economics The Ming Empire in decline 7. Government 8.The Army 9. and 10. Economics 11. Ethics and religion 12. End of a great empire 13. After the fall of Peking Conclusion: Greatness and weakness of the Ming
Overall I'd recommend it to anyone interested in Chinese history.
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