A Ming Society: T'ai-ho County, Kiangsi, in the Fourteenth to Seventeenth Centuries (Hardback)
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Short Description for A Ming Society This work follows the careers of a number of native sons of T'ai-ho county and their relationship to Ming imperial politics. It details the rise of T'ai-ho village kinship, family lineage, landscape, agriculture and economy, and follows the literati to positions of prominence in government.
- Published: 17 January 1997
- Format: Hardback 313 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780520204256 ISBN 10: 0520204255
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Full description for A Ming Society
John Dardess has selected a region of great political and intellectual importance, but one which local history has left almost untouched, for this detailed social history of T'ai-ho county during the Ming dynasty. Rather than making a sweeping, general survey of the region, he follows the careers of a large number of native sons and their relationship to Ming imperial politics. Using previously unexplored primary sources, Dardess details the rise and development of T'ai-ho village kinship, family lineage, landscape, agriculture, and economy. He follows its literati to positions of prominence in imperial government. This concentration on the history of one county over almost three centuries gives rise to an unusually sound and immediate understanding of how Ming society functioned and changed over time.