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- DescriptionThis engaging, deeply informed book provides the first concise history of one of China's most important eras. Leading scholar John W. Dardess offers a thematically organized political, social, and ecomic exploration of China from 1368 to 1644. He examines how the Ming dynasty was able to endure for 276 years, illuminating Ming foreign relations and border control, the lives and careers of its sixteen emperors, its system of governance and the kinds of people who served it, its great class of literati, and finally the mass outlawry that, in unhappy conjunction with the Manchu invasions from outside, ended the once-mighty dynasty in the mid-seventeenth century. The Ming witnessed the beginning of China's contact with the West, and its story will fascinate all readers interested in global as well as Asian history.
- Author BiographyJohn W. Dardess is professor emeritus of history at the University of Kansas.
- PrizesWinner of Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2012.
- Author(s)John W. Dardess
- PublisherRowman & Littlefield
- Date of Publication11/08/2011
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleCritical Issues in World and International History
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRowman & Littlefield Publishers
- Weight276 g
- Width155 mm
- Height236 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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