The Chinese State in Ming Society

By Timothy Brook

© 2004 – Routledge

264 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

The Ming dynasty (1368-1644), a period of commercial expansion and cultural innovation, fashioned the relationship between state and society in Chinese history. This unique collection of reworked and heavily illustrated essays, by one of the leading scholars of Chinese history, re-examines this relationship. It argues that, contrary to previous scholarship, it was radical responses within society that led to a 'constitution', not periods of fluctuation within the dynasty itself. Brook's outstanding scholarship demonstrates that it was changes in commercial relations and social networks that were actually responsible for the development of a stable society. This imaginative reconsidering of existing scholarship on the history of China will be fascinating reading for scholars and students interested in China's development.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Grave in Nanchang A Note on Sources Part 1: Surveys 1. The Spatial Organization of Subcounty Administration 2. The Gazetteer Cartography of Ye Chunji Part 2: Fields 3. Taxing Polders on the Yangzi Delta 4. Growing Rice in North Zhili Part 3: Books 5. Building School Libraries in the Mid-Ming 6. State Censorship and the Book Trade Part 4: Monasteries 7. At the Margin of Public Authority: The Ming State and Buddhism 8. Buddhism in the Chinese Constitution: Recording Monasteries in North Zhili Epilogue: States of the field

About the Author

Timothy Brook is Professor in Faculty of History, University of Toronto.

About the Series

Asia's Transformations/Critical Asian Scholarship

This series is intended to showcase the most important individual contributions to scholarship in Asian Studies. Each of the volumes presents a leading Asian scholar addressing themes that are central to his or her most significant and lasting contribution to Asian Studies. The series is committed to the rich variety of research and writing in Asia, and is not restricted to any particular discipline, theoretical approach or geographical expertise.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS008000
HISTORY / Asia / China
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General