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State versus Gentry in Late Ming Dynasty China, 1572–1644

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Harry Miller
    Pages 31-54
  3. Harry Miller
    Pages 55-74
  4. Harry Miller
    Pages 75-94
  5. Harry Miller
    Pages 95-123
  6. Harry Miller
    Pages 125-138
  7. Harry Miller
    Pages 139-163
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 165-220

About this book


This book looks at the bitter factionalism in the last days of China's Ming Dynasty as an ideological struggle between scholar-officials who believed that sovereignty resided in the imperial state and those who believed that it resided with the learned gentry.


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About the authors

HARRY MILLER is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of South Alabama, USA.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title State versus Gentry in Late Ming Dynasty China, 1572–1644
  • Authors H. Miller
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2009
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-230-61134-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-37660-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-61787-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 220
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Asian History
    Modern History
    History of China
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"Harry Miller provides an essential and authoritative account of the last quarter of the Ming Dynasty, blending political, social, and intellectual history. Writing with clarity and concision, he touches on a wide range of issues and frequently offers novel interpretations. By bringing together a sequence of political events, and analyzing them from the perspective of factionalism that was informed by philosophical differences, Miller has produced a truly innovative unifying overview of late Ming history." - Edward L. Farmer, University of Minnesota"Harry Miller has given us a dramatic new way of looking at the late Ming, placing himself in the front rank of a generation of new and innovative scholars such as Nimmick, Robinson, Marme, and Swope. He brings a revisionist view that focuses on the necessity of looking throguh Confucian rhetoric to the vicious power struggles that lay beneath the surface of the ideological battles. This is a tightly argued book with a clear and accessible interpretation." - Murray A. Rubinstein, Baruch College