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1st Edition

The Hidden Land
The Garrison System And the Ming Dynasty

ISBN 9780367776770
Published April 1, 2021 by Routledge
290 Pages

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Book Description

"The Hidden Land" means that a large amount of land in the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) was "hidden" or unknown, since the land was managed by both the administrative and the military systems, and only the former was made public while the latter was being hidden due to confidentiality issues. This is one of the author’s creative findings as a result of his solid textual research and rigorous argumentation.
   Since the Ming state management system had a great impact on the land, the population, the taxes and corvée, the imperial examinations, the justice, the grass-roots organizations and the frontier ethnics during the 500 years from Ming to Qing (1636–1912), the views on the garrisons and guards (weisuo) in the military system are of great help to review the essential issues of the period, which were often misunderstood or neglected before. In addition, the author introduces the present situation, existing problems and basic historical materials in the Ming study which will be beneficial to the Ming researchers and enthusiasts.

Table of Contents

List of tables.  Foreword.  Acknowledgements  Part I A New Analysis of Cultivated Land in the Early Ming  PartⅡ The Transformation of the Ming Garrison System in the Qing  Part Ⅲ Territorial Administration in the Ming Dynasty  Part Ⅳ The "Garrison" Category of Household Registration in the Ming  Part V Yongning Guard: A Southeastern Coastal Fortress in the Ming  Part VI Military Affairs of the Late Ming  Part VII A Guide to the Study of the Ming History  Part VIII Forty Years of Studies on the Ming History  Afterword.  Bibliography.  Index

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The late Professor Gu Cheng was an eminent expert in the Ming History Studies of China, at Beijing Normal University. His books include The History of the Southern Ming and The History of Peasant War in the Late Ming,etc.