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

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

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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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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 18mm | 358.34g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • BasingstokeUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, black & white tables
  • 0230611346
  • 9780230611344

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"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"

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About Harry Miller

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

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