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The Troubled Empire: China in the Yuan and Ming Dynasties (History of Imperial China)

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The Mongol takeover in the 1270s changed the course of Chinese history. The Confucian empire--a millennium and a half in the making--was suddenly thrust under foreign occupation. What China had been before its reunification as the Yuan dynasty in 1279 was no longer what it would be in the future. Four centuries later, another wave of steppe invaders would replace the Ming dynasty with yet another foreign occupation. The Troubled Empire explores what happened to China between these two dramatic invasions. If anything defined the complex dynamics of this period, it was changes in the weather. Asia, like Europe, experienced a Little Ice Age, and as temperatures fell in the thirteenth century, Kublai Khan moved south into China. His Yuan dynasty collapsed in less than a century, but Mongol values lived on in Ming institutions. A second blast of cold in the 1630s, combined with drought, was more than the dynasty could stand, and the Ming fell to Manchu invaders. Against this background--the first coherent ecological history of China in this period--Timothy Brook explores the growth of autocracy, social complexity, and commercialization, paying special attention to China's incorporation into the larger South China Sea economy. These changes not only shaped what China would become but contributed to the formation of the early modern world.

About the Author

Timothy Brook is Professor of History and Republic of China Chair at the University of British Columbia.Timothy Brook is Professor of History and Republic of China Chair at the University of British Columbia.

University of British Columbia

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674072534
Author:
Brook, Timothy
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
China
Subject:
World History - China
Subject:
History - Medieval
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
History of Imperial China
Series Volume:
5
Publication Date:
20130311
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 halftones, 7 maps, 3 tables
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » World History » China
History and Social Science » World History » General
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Religion » Eastern Religions » Confucian

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