State Versus Gentry in Late Ming Dynasty China, 1572-1644 [NOOK Book]

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This book looks at the bitter factionalism that plagued the last days of China's Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) as an ideological struggle between those scholar-officials who believed that sovereignty resided in the imperial state and those who believed that it resided with the learned gentry. This dichotomy provides a clear elucidation of late-Ming factional strife, cutting through the confusion that has made study of this period difficult in the past. The book therefore contributes greatly to our understanding of the...
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State Versus Gentry in Late Ming Dynasty China, 1572-1644

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Overview

This book looks at the bitter factionalism that plagued the last days of China's Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) as an ideological struggle between those scholar-officials who believed that sovereignty resided in the imperial state and those who believed that it resided with the learned gentry. This dichotomy provides a clear elucidation of late-Ming factional strife, cutting through the confusion that has made study of this period difficult in the past. The book therefore contributes greatly to our understanding of the fall of the Ming, and sheds light on statecraft in other cultures where sovereignty is an issue.
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"Harry Miller provides an essential and authoritative account of the last quarter of the Ming Dynasty, blending political, social, and intellectual history. Writing with clarity and concision, he touches on a wide range of issues and frequently offers novel interpretations. By bringing together a sequence of political events, and analyzing them from the perspective of factionalism that was informed by philosophical differences, Miller has produced a truly innovative unifying overview of late Ming history."
—Edward L. Farmer, University of Minnesota

"Harry Miller has given us a dramatic new way of looking at the late Ming, placing himself in the front rank of a generation of new and innovative scholars such as Nimmick, Robinson, Marme, and Swope. He brings a revisionist view that focuses on the necessity of looking throguh Confucian rhetoric to the vicious power struggles that lay beneath the surface of the ideological battles. This is a tightly argued book with a clear and accessible interpretation."
—Murray A. Rubinstein, Baruch College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230269347
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/23/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 387 KB

Meet the Author

Harry Miller is Associate Professor of History at the University of South Alabama

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Table of Contents

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Conventions Followed in the Book

Introduction The Problem of Sovereignty in Traditional China 1

I Zhang Juzheng, 1572-1582 31

II The Righteous Circles, 1582-1596 55

III The Wanli Emperor, 1596-1606 75

IV The Donglin Faction, 1606-1626 95

V Wei Zhongxian, 1626-1628 125

VI The Restoration Society, 1628-1644 139

Notes 165

Bibliography 195

Index 213

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