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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520221540

ISBN-13: 9780520221543

Pub. Date: 09/01/1999

Publisher: University of California Press


The Ming dynasty was the last great Chinese dynasty before the Manchu conquest in 1644. During that time, China, not Europe, was the center of the world: the European voyages of exploration were searching not just for new lands but also for new trade routes to the Far East. In this book, Timothy Brook eloquently narrates the changing landscape of life over the

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The Ming dynasty was the last great Chinese dynasty before the Manchu conquest in 1644. During that time, China, not Europe, was the center of the world: the European voyages of exploration were searching not just for new lands but also for new trade routes to the Far East. In this book, Timothy Brook eloquently narrates the changing landscape of life over the three centuries of the Ming (1368-1644), when China was transformed from a closely administered agrarian realm into a place of commercial profits and intense competition for status.

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 durée in terms of the habits and strains of everyday life. Peppered with stories of real people and their negotiations of a rapidly changing world, this book provides a new way of seeing the Ming dynasty that not only contributes to the scholarly understanding of the period but also provides an entertaining and accessible introduction to Chinese history for anyone.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520221543
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
345
Sales rank:
957,428
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations, xi,
Preface, xv,
A Ming Chronology, xix,
A Genealogy of Ming Emperors, xxiii,
List of Abbreviations, xxv,
Introduction: Seasons of the Ming (1609), 1,
Dramatis Personae, 15,
Winter: The First Century (1368–1450), 17,
Spring: The Middle Century (1450–1550), 86,
Summer: The Last Century (1550–1644), 153,
Fall: The Lord of Silver (1642–1644), 238,
Notes, 263,
Bibliography, 295,
Glossary and Index, 313,

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