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Glory and Fall of the Ming Dynasty Hardcover – Dec 1982

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (Dec. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806117419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806117416
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,290,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Describes the government, economy, social structure, and history of the Ming dynasty, and offers a picture of what life was like in China between 1368 and 1644.

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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
3.The Army
4.The people
5.Culture and religion
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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Purchased for use in my Chinese History class. 30 Nov. 2011
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It's a good book. I'm glad I bought it and will keep it in my library after the class is over.
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