Culture, Courtiers, and Competition: The Ming Court (1368–1644) - Harvard East Asian Monographs (Hardback)
  • Culture, Courtiers, and Competition: The Ming Court (1368–1644) - Harvard East Asian Monographs (Hardback)
zoom

Culture, Courtiers, and Competition: The Ming Court (1368–1644) - Harvard East Asian Monographs (Hardback)

(editor), (author of contributions), (author of contributions), (author of contributions), (author of contributions), (author of contributions), (author of contributions)
£43.95
Hardback 475 Pages
Published: 01/07/2008
  • We can order this from the publisher

UK delivery within 4-5 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

This collection of essays reveals the Ming court as an arena of competition and negotiation, where a large cast of actors pursued individual and corporate ends, personal agency shaped protocol and style, and diverse people, goods, and tastes converged. Rather than observing an immutable set of traditions, court culture underwent frequent reinterpretation and rearticulation, processes driven by immediate personal imperatives, mediated through social, political, and cultural interaction.

The essays address several common themes. First, they rethink previous notions of imperial isolation, instead stressing the court’s myriad ties both to local Beijing society and to the empire as a whole. Second, the court was far from monolithic or static. Palace women, monks, craftsmen, educators, moralists, warriors, eunuchs, foreign envoys, and others strove to advance their interests and forge advantageous relations with the emperor and one another. Finally, these case studies illustrate the importance of individual agency. The founder’s legacy may have formed the warp of court practices and tastes, but the weft varied considerably. Reflecting the complexity of the court, the essays represent a variety of perspectives and disciplines—from intellectual, cultural, military, and political to art history and musicology.

Publisher: Harvard University, Asia Center
ISBN: 9780674028234
Number of pages: 475
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm

You may also be interested in...

The Forgotten Highlander
Added to basket
From the Ruins of Empire
Added to basket
India
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
The Nile
Added to basket
£16.99
Paperback
Pakistan: A Hard Country
Added to basket
Return of a King
Added to basket
Mao: The Unknown Story
Added to basket
The Railway Man
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Genghis Khan
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Chickenhawk
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Japan
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Lemon Tree
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
1421
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Great Game
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
The Opium War
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Underground
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.

env: aptum
branch: