Cambridge History of China: Volume 07: The Ming Dynasty 1. 1368-1644. Hardback

  • Cambridge History of China: Volume 07: The Ming Dynasty 1. 1368-1644.
  • Edited by Frederick W. Mote, Denis Twitchett
  • Hardback, 1008 pages, 1 table, 31 maps, 1 genealogical table, Ming weights and measures, Genealogy of the Ming imperial family, Ming dynasty emperors. 1988

Frederick W. Mote, Edward L. Dreyer, John D. Langlois, Jr., Hok-Lam Chan, Denis Twitchett, James Geiss, Ray Huang, William Atwell, Lynn A. Struve, Wolfgang Franke


This volume in The Cambridge History of China is devoted to the history of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), with some account of the three decades before the dynasty’s formal establishment, and for the Ming courts that survived in SOuth China for a generation after 1644. Volume 7 deals primarily with the political developments of the period, but it also incorporates background in social, economic, and cultural history where this is relevant to the course of events. The Ming period is the only segment of later imperial history during which all of China proper was ruled by a native, or Han, dynasty. The success of the Chinese in regaining control over their own government is an important event in history and the Ming dynasty has thus been regarded, bith in Ming times and even more so in this century, as an era of Chinese resurgence. The volume provides the largest and most detailed account of the Ming period in any language. Summarizing all modern research, both in Chinese, Japanese, and Western languages, the authors have gone far beyond a summary of the state of the field, but have incorporated original research on subjects that have never before been described in detail. Although it is written by specialists, the goals and approach of this Cambridge history are to explain and describe the Ming dynasty to an audience that wilol include scholars and students as well as general readers who do not have a specialized knowledge of Chinese history.

Chapter Contents

General editor’s preface; List of maps and table; Preface to volume 7; Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations; Ming weights and measures; Genealogy of the Ming imperial family; Ming dynasty emperors; Introduction Frederick W. Mote; 1. The rise of the Ming dynasty, 1330–1367 Frederick W. Mote; 2. Military origins of Ming China Edward L. Dreyer; 3. The Hung-wu reign, 1368–1398 John D. Langlois, Jr.; 4. The Chien-wen, Yung-lo, Hung-hsi, and Hs|an-te reigns, 1399–1435 Hok-Lam Chan; 5. The Cheng-t’ung, Ching-t’ai, and T’ien-shun reigns, 1436–1464 Denis Twitchett; 6. The Ch’eng-hua and Hung-chih reigns, 1465–1505 Frederick W. Mote; 7. The Cheng-te reign, 1506–1521 James Geiss; 8. The Chia-ching reign, 1522–1566 James Geiss; 9. The Lung-ch’ing and Wan-li reigns, 1567–1620 Ray Huang; 10. The T’ai-ch’ang, T’ien-ch’i, and Ch’ung-chen reigns, 1620–1644 William Atwell; 11. The Southern Ming, 1644–1662 Lynn A. Struve; 12. Historical writing during the Ming Wolfgang Franke; Bibliographic notes; Bibliography; Glossary index.