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In the latter half of the fourteenth century, at one end of the Eurasian continent, the stage was not yet set for the emergence of modern nation-states. At the other end, the Chinese drove out their Mongol overlords, inaugurated a new native dynasty called Ming (1368–1644), and reasserted the mastery of their national destiny. It was a dramatic era of change, the full significance of which can only be perceived retrospectively.
With the establishment of the Ming dynasty, a major historical tension rose into prominence between more absolutist and less absolutist modes of rulership. This produced a distinctive style of rule that modern students have come to call Ming despotism. It proved a capriciously absolutist pattern for Chinese government into our own time. [1, 2 ,3]

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  1. Series Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Personnel
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  1. Preface
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  1. I Introduction
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  1. II The Transition from Yüan to Ming
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  1. III Organizing the New Dynasty
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  1. IV T’ai-tsu’s Legacy: The Mature Ming Autocracy
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  1. Notes
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  1. Series List
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  1. Michigan Abstracts Of Chinese And Japanese Works On Chinese History
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472901531
Related ISBN
9780892640348
MARC Record
OCLC
1184508703
Launched on MUSE
2020-09-09
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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