A Political Life In Ming China

Author: John W. Dardess
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442223782
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This fascinating history uncovers the hidden political world of Ming China, exploring how the most powerful man in mid-sixteenth-century China steered the empire through the worst crises it had ever faced. Distinguished scholar John W. Dardess traces how Chief Grand Secretary Xu Jie rose to power and successfully shepherded the Ming empire through the destructive mid-sixteenth-century raids along its continental and maritime frontiers. He also shows how Xu Jie used the new Confucian thinking of the Wang Yangming school to build a political following, suppress bureaucratic corruption, and liberalize bureaucratic procedures. Drawing on years of research, Dardess uses Xu’s hundreds of letters to officials and records of talks with the emperors he served to tell this long-neglected story in rich and engrossing detail.
A Political Life in Ming China
Language: en
Pages: 220
Authors: John W. Dardess
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-09-25 - Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

This fascinating history uncovers the hidden political world of Ming China, exploring how the most powerful man in mid-sixteenth-century China steered the empire through the worst crises it had ever faced. Distinguished scholar John W. Dardess traces how Chief Grand Secretary Xu Jie rose to power and successfully shepherded the
More Than the Great Wall
Language: en
Pages: 572
Authors: John W. Dardess
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-10-18 - Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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Four Seasons
Language: en
Pages: 294
Authors: John W. Dardess
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-12 - Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

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The Eunuchs in the Ming Dynasty
Language: en
Pages: 290
Authors: Shih-shan Henry Tsai
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 1996-01-01 - Publisher: SUNY Press

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Local Administration in Ming China
Language: en
Pages: 205
Authors: Thomas G. Nimick
Categories: Administració local
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008 - Publisher: Society for Ming Studies; Cemh Pub., University of Minnesota Press

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