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State Versus Gentry in Late Ming Dynasty China, 1572-1644

State Versus Gentry in Late Ming Dynasty China, 1572-1644

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By (author) Harry Miller

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 18mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 13 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230611346
  • ISBN 13: 9780230611344
  • Illustrations note: black & white tables

Product description

This book examines the bitter ideological struggle in the last days of China's Ming Dynasty between scholar-officials who believed that sovereignty resided in the imperial state and those who believed that it resided with the learned gentry.

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Author information

HARRY MILLER is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of South Alabama, USA.

Review quote

"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

Table of contents

Zhang Juzheng, 1572-1582 The Righteous Circles, 1582-1596 The Wanli Emperor, 1596-1606 The Donglin Faction, 1606-1626 Wei Zhongxian, 1626-1628 The Restoration Society, 1628-1644