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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520221540

ISBN-13: 9780520221543

Pub. Date: 09/01/1999

Publisher: University of California Press

The Confusions of Pleasure marks a significant departure from the conventional ways in which Chinese history has been written. Rather than recounting the Ming dynasty in a series of political events and philosophical achievements, it narrates this longue duree in terms of the habits and strains of everyday life.  See more details below

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The Confusions of Pleasure marks a significant departure from the conventional ways in which Chinese history has been written. Rather than recounting the Ming dynasty in a series of political events and philosophical achievements, it narrates this longue duree in terms of the habits and strains of everyday life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520221543
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
345
Sales rank:
1,012,574
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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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