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The Chinese State in Ming Society : Critical Asian Scholarship - Timothy Brook

The Chinese State in Ming Society

Critical Asian Scholarship

Hardcover Published: 25th November 2004
ISBN: 9780415345064
Number Of Pages: 272

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The Ming dynasty (1368-1644), a period of commercial expansion and cultural innovation, fashioned the relationship between the present day state and society in China. This unique collection of reworked and heavily illustrated essays, by one of the leading scholars of Chinese history, re-examines this relationship and argues that contrary to previous scholarship, it was radical responses within society that led to a 'constitution', not periods of fluctuation within the dynasty itself. Brook's outstanding scholarship demonstrates that it was changes in commercial relations and social networks that were actually responsible for the development of a stable society. This imaginative reconsidering of existing scholarship on the history of China will be fascinating reading for scholars and students interested in China's development.

List of maps
List of Illustrations
Introduction: A grave; in Nanchang A Note on Sources
The Spatial Organization of Subcounty Administration
The Gazetteer Cartography of Ye Chunji
Taxing Polders on the Yangzi Delta
Growing Rice in North Zhili
Building School Libraries in the Mid-Ming
State Censorship and the Book Trade
At the Margin of Public Authority: The Ming state and Buddhism
Buddhism in the Chinese Constitution: Recording monasteries in North Zhili Epilogue: States of the field
References: Books and articles, gazetteers
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ISBN: 9780415345064
ISBN-10: 0415345065
Series: Critical Asian Scholarship
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 25th November 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.1  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1