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By Jonathan Porter

This transparent and interesting ebook presents a concise evaluate of the Ming-Qing epoch (1368–1912), China’s final imperial age. starting with the tip of the Mongol domination of China in 1368, this five-century interval used to be outstanding for its continuity and balance until eventually its downfall within the Revolution of 1911. Viewing the Ming and Qing dynasties as a coherent period characterised by means of the fruition of numerous advancements from earliest occasions, Jonathan Porter lines the expansion of imperial autocracy, the function of the knowledgeable Confucian elite as custodians of cultural authority, the importance of formality because the grounding of political and social order, the stress among monarchy and paperwork in political discourse, the evolution of chinese language cultural identification, and the notion of the “barbarian” and different perspectives of the realm past China. because the climax of conventional chinese language historical past and the harbinger of contemporary China within the 20th century, Porter argues that imperial China needs to be explored for its personal sake in addition to for the fundamental starting place it offers in knowing modern China, and certainly global heritage writ large.

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