From Ming to Ch'ing


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Conquest, Region, and Continuity in Seventeenth-Century China

edited by D. Spence and John E. Wills, Jr.

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The collapse of the Ming dynasty and the takeover of China by Manchu rulers in the 1640s were of crucial importance in the late history of China.  But because traditional Chinese sources arbitrarily divide the century at the change of dynasty in 1644, it has been difficult to form a clear picture of the transition.  The nine essays in this book will contribute significantly toward understanding the complexity of change and continuity over the span of time leading up to and resulting from the tumult of the mid-1600s.
“The fullest introduction in English to the Ming-Ch’ing transition.”—Tom Fisher, Pacific Affairs
“No other recent work compares with its scope, and no older work can stand up to the introduction of its new materials and perspectives.”—Library Journal
“[This book] makes a valuable contribution to Ming-Ch’ing studies and should be required reading for anyone interested in the two dynasties.”—James B. Parsons, American Historical Review

"These essays illuminate some important issues of the Ming-Ch'ing transitional period, and the authors are mining previously underworked sources . . . for fresh perspectives on these issues. . . . Anyone interested in the history of late imperial China, the dynamics of alien rule, and the vitality of political and intellectual choices in the seventeenth century will find this volume rewarding and suggestive of further research."—Lawrence D. Kessler, Journal of Asian Studies

"The nine articles presented in this work are versions of papers presented in a 1974 conference on the Ming-Ch'ing transition. The period is broadly defined to cover the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with excursions beyond these limits . . . . The contributions in this volume are all of high quality and should be of value to scholars, graduate students and advanced undergraduates."—History

"The nine essays in this book, most of them by outstanding younger scholars, contribute significantly toward understanding the complexity of change and continuity over the span of time leading up to and resulting from the tumult of the mid 1600s."—Focus on Asian Studies

"A valuable contribution to our knowledge of seventeenth-century China."—Asian Affairs

"[From Ming to Ch'ing] breaks thorugh the conceptual barriers imposed by the dynastic priodizations of Chines historiography . . . . The collection of nine essays is full of pioneer enthusiasm. It provides a most valuable introduction to the complexities of this age, in which the continuities of economic development and intellectual history are not masked by the discontinuities imposed by alien rule."—Raymond Dawson, Times Literary Supplement
ISBN: 9780300026726
Publication Date: April 1, 1981
437 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
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