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The Troubled Empire

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The Troubled Empire

China in the Yuan and Ming Dynasties

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The Troubled Empire by Timothy Brook
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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 - 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.

Author Biography

Timothy Brook is Professor of History at the University of British Columbia.
Release date Australia
June 8th, 2010
Author
Contributor
General editor Timothy Brook
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
18 halftones, 7 maps, 3 tables
Imprint
The Belknap Press
Pages
336
Dimensions
155x235x26
ISBN-13
9780674046023
Product ID
3907676

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