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A Tale of Two Melons

Emperor and Subject in Ming China

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A Tale of Two Melons by Sarah Schneewind
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A commoner's presentation to the emperor of a lucky omen from his garden, the repercussions for his family, and several retellings of the incident provide the background for an engaging introduction to Ming society, culture, and politics, including discussions of the founding of the Ming dynasty; the character of the first emperor; the role of omens in court politics; how the central and local governments were structured, including the civil service examination system; the power of local elite families; the roles of women; filial piety; and the concept of ling or efficacy in Chinese religion.

Author Biography

Sarah Schneewind is Associate Professor of History, University of California at San Diego.
Release date NZ
September 14th, 2006
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
Pages
176
Dimensions
9x215x548
ISBN-13
9780872208247
Product ID
1834714

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