Volumes seven and eight of The Cambridge History of China are devoted to the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), the only segment of later imperial history during which all of China proper was ruled by a native, or Han, dynasty. These volumes provide the largest and most detailed account of the Ming period in any language. Summarising all modern research, volume eight offers detailed studies of governmental structure, the fiscal and legal systems, international relations, social and economic history, transportation networks, and the history of ideas and religion, incorporating original research on subjects never before described in detail. Although it is written by specialists, this Cambridge History intends to explain and describe the Ming dynasty to general readers who do not have a specialised knowledge of Chinese history, as well as scholars and students. This volume can be utilised as a reference work, or read continuously.
Table of Contents
Introduction Frederick W. Mote and Denis Twitchett; 1. Ming government Charles O. Hucker; 2. Ming fiscal administration Ray Huang; 3. Ming law John D. Langlois, Jr; 4. The Ming and Inner Asia Morris Rossabi; 5. Sino-Korean tributary relations under the Ming Donald N. Clark; 6. Ming foreign relations: South-East Asia Wang Gung-wu; 7. Relations with maritime Europeans, 1514–1662 John E. Wills Jr; 8. Ming China and the emerging world economy William Atwell; 9. The socio-economic development of rural China under the Ming Martin Heijdra; 10. Communications and commerce Timothy Brook; 11. Confucian learning in late Ming thought Willard Peterson; 12. Learning from Heaven: the introduction of Christianity and of Western ideas into late Ming China Willard Peterson; 13. Official religion in the Ming Romeyn Taylor; 14. Ming Buddhism Yü Chün-fang; 15. Taoism in Ming culture Judith A. Berling.