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The Cambridge History of China: Volume 7, The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Part 1: Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644 Pt. 1 Hardcover – 26 Feb 1988


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"The editors and authors of this monumental work are to be congratulated for a heroic accomplishment." Edward L. Farmer, American Historical Review

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This volume in The Cambridge History of China is devoted to the history of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), with some account of the three decades before the dynasty's formal establishment, and for the Ming courts that survived in South China for a generation after 1644.

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The Best History of the Ming 27 Feb 2008
By Colin R. Glassey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book and its companion volume (#8) provides the best history of China under the Ming in the English language. Period. It goes into details on all the Ming Emperors, their political problems, and their solutions (or lack of solutions). Given the level of detail and the length of the book (1000 pages) it is very readable and it offers a fascinating look at a culture and government which is, I would argue, poorly understood today.

This book offers a consensus view on the Ming, and includes the work of many highly respected historians who contributed to the book including C. Hucker (the expert in Ming government), Ray Huang (the expert on Ming finances), and F. Mote (who taught Chinese history at Princeton for more than 40 years).

Historical attitudes towards the Ming have changed from the 1960s and this book reflects our new understanding of how the state actually functioned. To pick one obvious detail: the Ming government was less autocratic and more under the control of the Mandarins than was previously thought.

The fall of the Ming is told both here and in Volume 9 (also highly recommended).
real scholarship on Ming China 16 Mar 2013
By Wade Wilkison - Published on Amazon.com
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Good example of the depth of training and the skill of American scholars working on Ming China in the 1970s and 1980s.
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