This clear and engaging book provides a concise overview of the Ming-Qing epoch (1368-1912), China's last imperial age. Beginning with the end of the Mongol domination of China in 1368, this five-century period was remarkable for its continuity and stability until its downfall in the Revolution of 1911. Viewing the Ming and Qing dynasties as a coherent era characterized by the fruition of diverse developments from earliest times, Jonathan Porter traces the growth of imperial autocracy, the role of the educated Confucian elite as custodians of cultural authority, the significance of ritual as the grounding of political and social order, the tension between monarchy and bureaucracy in political discourse, the evolution of Chinese cultural identity, and the perception of the "barbarian" and other views of the world beyond China. As the climax of traditional Chinese history and the harbinger of modern China in the twentieth century, Porter argues that imperial China must be explored for its own sake as well as for the essential foundation it provides in understanding contemporary China, and indeed world history writ large.
Jonathan Porter is professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico. His books include Tseng Kuo-fan's Private Bureaucracy, All Under Heaven: The Chinese World, and Macau: The Imaginary City. Culture and Society, 1557 to the Present.
List of Illustrations Preface Introduction Part I: The Classical Legacy, 1000-1350 Chapter 1 Song: The Great Divide Chapter 2 The Barbarian Ascendancy Chapter 3 The Imperial Myth: The Mandate Of Heaven Part II: The Imperial Way, 1350-1650 Chapter 4 The Rise of the Ming Chapter 5 Autocrat, Bureaucrat, Empress, Eunuch Chapter 6 The Ming and the World Chapter 7 Luan: Disintegration of Order Part III: The High Qing, 1650-1800 Chapter 8 The Manchu Revolution Chapter 9 Style and Substance: Imperial Culture Chapter 10 Imperial Absolutism: The Monarch and the Minister Part IV: Ming and Qing Foundations, 1368-1900 Chapter 11 The Good Earth Chapter 12 Merchants and Markets Chapter 13 Official Life and literati Culture Chapter 14 Images in the Heavens, Pattern on the Earth Chapter 15 The Spiritual World Chapter 16 The Relevance of Confucius Part V: When Worlds Collide, 1500-1870 Chapter 17 The Empire and the Garden Chapter 18 Opium Chapter 19 The Heavenly Kingdom Part VI: Continuity in Change, 1870-1890 Chapter 20 Self-strengthening and its Fate Epilogue The Twilight of Imperial China Selected Bibliography Index About the Author
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