The Confusions of Pleasure: Commerce and Culture in Ming China / Edition 1

The Confusions of Pleasure: Commerce and Culture in Ming China / Edition 1

by Timothy Brook
     
 


"This is joyful and comprehensive scholarship, full of motion and detail. Timothy Brook encases the fascinating and changeable world of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) in a clear conceptual and chronological framework which any non-specialist can follow. Here are a wealth of Ming people and their problems, along with the very stuff of their world: bricks and… See more details below

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"This is joyful and comprehensive scholarship, full of motion and detail. Timothy Brook encases the fascinating and changeable world of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) in a clear conceptual and chronological framework which any non-specialist can follow. Here are a wealth of Ming people and their problems, along with the very stuff of their world: bricks and bridges; markets, monasteries, and mail; famines and fashion; printing, passion, and portents. This is the first book we have in English that shows the whole shape of Ming life in all its ebullient complexity."—Jonathan Spence

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520221543
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
345
Sales rank:
780,277
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Brook is Professor of History at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Praying for Power: Buddhism and the Formation of Gentry Society in Late-Ming China (1993), and Quelling the People: The Military Suppression of the Beijing Democracy Movement (1992), and the coeditor of Nation Work: Asian Elites and National Identities (1999) and China and Historical Capitalism: Genealogies of Sinological Knowledge (1999).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
A Ming Chronology
A Genealogy of Ming Emperors
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Seasons of the Ming (1609)1
Dramatis Personae15
Winter: The First Century (1368-1450)17
A Brick in the Wall19
The Burden of Communication30
Ideas into Texts56
Economy and Exchange65
The Distance between Rich and Poor79
Spring: The Middle Century (1450-1550)86
The Center Recedes87
State and Market101
Commerce112
Commerce and Culture124
The Zhengde Decay139
Summer: The Last Century (1550-1644)153
The God of Copper Cash154
Travels and Letters173
Consumption and Production190
Trade204
Fashion218
Fall: The Lord of Silver (1642-1644)238
The Fall of the Ming240
Last Glimpses253
Notes263
Bibliography295
Glossary and Index313

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