Imperial China, 1350-1900

Imperial China, 1350-1900

by Jonathan Porter

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442222922
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/12/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 410
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

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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
About the Author

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