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Imperial China 900-1800

Author: Frederick W Mote
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st Harvard University Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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This is a history of China for the 900-year time span of the late imperial period. F.W. Mote highlights the personal characteristics of the rulers and dynasties and probes the cultural theme of Chinese adaptations to recurrent alien rule.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frederick W Mote
ISBN: 0674012127 9780674012127
OCLC Number: 54436613
Description: 1106 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
Contents: Part 1. Conquest Dynasties and the Northern Song 900-1127 --
1.. The Five Dynasties --
I.. Later Imperial China's Place in History --
II.. The Course of Five Dynasties History --
III.. The Eastward Shift of the Political Center --
IV.. Simultaneous Developments in the Ten States --
V.. China and Inner Asia in Geographic and Historical Perspective --
2.. Abaoji --
I.. The Khitans and Their Neighbors --
II.. Ethnic Diversity and Language Community --
III.. The Lessons of History --
IV.. The New Leader Emerges --
V.. The Significance of Khitan Acculturation --
VI.. Abaoji Receives Yao Kun, Envoy of the Later Tang Dynasty --
3.. Building the Liao Empire --
I.. Succession Issues after Abaoji --
II.. The Meaning of the Early Liao Succession Crises --
III.. The Khitans' Inner Asian Tribal Empire --
IV.. Liao-Korean Relations --
V.. Expansion into North China --
VI.. Liao-Song Relations --
4.. Liao Civilization --
I.. Multicultural Adaptations --
II.. Khitan Society --
III.. Patterns of Acculturation --
IV.. Buddhism in Khitan Life --
V.. Interpretations of Liao Success --
5.. Creating the Song Dynasty --
I.. The Vigor of the Later Zhou and the Founding of the Song --
II.. On Being the Emperor in Tenth-Century China --
III.. Governing China --
IV.. The Military Problem --
6.. The World of Ideas in Northern Song China --
I.. The Man of the Age: Ouyang Xiu --
II.. The Course of a Song Dynasty Official Career --
III.. The Civil Service Examination System --
IV.. The Social Impact of the Song Examination System --
V.. Political Reform and Political Thought --
VI.. Neo-Confucian Philosophical Thought --
7.. Dimensions of Northern Song Life --
I.. High Culture --
II.. The Example of Su Shi --
III.. The New Elite and Song High Culture --
IV.. Religion in Song Life --
V.. Song Society --
8.. Origins of the Xi Xia State --
I.. The Tangut People: Names and Ethnic Identities --
II.. Early History of the Tangut Tribal People --
III.. The Tanguts Come into the Song Orbit --
IV.. Yuanhao Proclaims the Xia Dynasty --
V.. The Xi Xia as an Imperial Dynasty --
Part 2. Conquest Dynasties and the Southern Song 1127-1279 --
9.. The "Wild Jurchens" Erupt into History --
I.. Aguda's Challenge --
II.. The End of the Liao Dynasty --
III.. The Northern Song Falls to the Jurchens --
IV.. Who Were These Jurchens? --
V.. Explaining the Jurchens' Success --
10.. The Jurchen State and Its Cultural Policy --
I.. The Conquerors Turn to Governing --
II.. The Period of Dual Institutions, 1115-1135 --
III.. The Era of Centralization, 1135-1161 --
IV.. The Period of Nativist Reaction, 1161-1208 --
V.. The End of the Jin Dynasty, 1208-1234 --
11.. The Later Xi Xia State --
I.. Xi Xia in the Era of the Jin Dynasty, 1115-1227 --
II.. The Crisis of the "Partition of the State" --
III.. The Destruction of the Xi Xia State --
IV.. The Tangut Achievement --
V.. Xia Buddhism --
12.. Trends of Change under Jin Alien Rule --
I.. Divisions: North and South, Chinese and Non-Chinese --
II.. Jurchen Dominance --
III.. The Impact of the Civil Service Examinations --
IV.. High Culture during the Jin Dynasty --
V.. Economic Life under the Jin --
13.. The Southern Song and Chinese Survival --
I.. A Fleeing Prince --
A New Emperor --
II.. War versus Peace --
III.. Patterns of High Politics after the Treaty of 1141 --
14.. Chinese Civilization and the Song Achievement --
I.. New Social Factors --
II.. Elite Lives and Song High Culture --
III.. Confucian Thinkers --
IV.. Other Kinds of Elite Lives --
V.. Some Generalizations about the Song Elite --
15.. Southern Song Life --
A Broader View --
I.. Calculating Song China's Population --
II.. Governing at the Local Level --
III.. Paying for Government --
IV.. Status in the Chinese Population --
V.. Urban and Rural --
VI.. Families, Women, and Children --
VII.. A Poet's Observations --
16.. A Mid-Thirteenth-Century Overview --
I.. The Heritage of the Liao, Xi Xia, and Jin Periods --
II.. The System of Ritualized Interstate Relations --
III.. The Growing Scope of International Trade --
IV.. Cultural Interaction --
Part 3. China and the Mongol World --
17.. The Career of the Great Khan Chinggis --
I.. Backgrounds of Mongol History --
II.. The Ethnic Geography of Inner Asia in the Late Twelfth Century --
III.. Mongol Nomadic Economy and Social Life --
IV.. The Mongols Emerge into History --
V.. The Youth of Temujin --
VI.. Chinggis Khan as Nation Builder --
18.. Forging the Mongol World Empire, 1206-1260 --
I.. The Nearer Horizons of Empire, 1206-1217 --
II.. The First Campaign to the West, 1218-1225 --
III.. Chinggis Khan, the Man --
IV.. The Second Campaign to the West, 1236-1241 --
V.. Mongol Adaptations to China under Chinggis and Ogodei --
VI.. Mongke Khan and the Third Campaign to the West --
VII.. Relations among the Four Khanates --
19.. Khubilai Khan Becomes Emperor of China --
I.. The Early Life of Khubilai --
II.. Khubilai and His Chinese Advisers before 1260 --
III.. Mongke's Field General in China --
IV.. Maneuvering to Become the Great Khan --
V.. The Great Khan Khubilai Becomes Emperor of China --
VI.. The Conquest of the Southern Song, 1267-1279 --
VII.. The War against Khaidu --
VIII.. Khubilai's Later Years --
IX.. Khubilai Khan's Successors, 1294-1370 --
20.. China under Mongol Rule --
I.. Yuan Government --
II.. Managing Society and Staffing the Government --
III.. Religions --
IV.. China's People under Mongol Rule --
V.. The Yuan Cultural Achievement --
Part 4. The Restoration of Native Rule Under the Ming 1368-1644 --
21.. From Chaos toward a New Chinese Order --
I.. Disintegration --
II.. Competitors for Power Emerge --
III.. Rival Contenders, 1351-1368 --
IV.. Zhu Yuanzhang, Boy to Young Man --
22.. Zhu Yuanzhang Builds His Ming Dynasty --
I.. Learning to Be an Emperor --
II.. Setting the Pattern of His Dynasty --
III.. Constructing a Capital and a Government --
IV.. The Enigma of Zhu Yuanzhang --
23.. Civil War and Usurpation, 1399-1402 --
I.. The New Era --
II.. The Thought of Fang Xiaoru: What Might Have Been --
III.. From Prince to Emperor --
24.. The "Second Founding" of the Ming Dynasty --
I.. Ming Chengzu's Imprint on Ming Governing --
II.. The Eunuch Establishment and the Imperial Bodyguard --
III.. Defending Throne and State --
IV.. Securing China's Place in the Asian World --
V.. The New Capital --
25.. Ming China in the Fifteenth Century --
I.. Successors to the Yongle Emperor --
II.. The Mechanics of Government --
III.. The Grand Canal in Ming Times --
26.. The Changing World of the Sixteenth Century --
I.. Emperor Wuzong, 1505-1521 --
II.. Emperor Shizong's Accession --
III.. The Rites Controversy --
IV.. Emperor Shizong and Daoism --
V.. The Emperor Shizong and His Officials --
VI.. Wang Yangming and Sixteenth-Century Confucian Thought --
27.. Ming China's Borders --
I.. Border Zones, Zones of Interaction --
II.. Tension and Peril on the Northern Borders --
III.. Tibet and the Western Borders --
IV.. The "Soft Border" of the Chinese South --
V.. The Maritime Borders of Eastern China --
28.. Late Ming Political Decline, 1567-1627 --
I.. The Brief Reign of Emperor Muzong, 1567-1572 --
II.. Zhang Juzheng's Leadership and the Wanli Reign --
III.. The Wanli Emperor's Successors --
29.. The Lively Society of the Late Ming --
I.. The Population of Ming China --
II.. The Organization of Rural Society --
III.. Ming Cities, Towns, and Urban People: The Question of Capitalism --
IV.. Late Ming Elite Culture --
30.. The Course of Ming Failure --
I.. Launching the Chongzhen Reign: Random Inadequacies, Persistent Hopes --
II.. The Manchu Invaders --
III.. The "Roving Bandits" --
IV.. Beijing, Spring 1644 --
Part 5. China and the World in Early Qing Times --
31.. Alien Rule Returns --
I.. Beijing: The City Ravaged --
II.. The Drama at Shanhai Guan, April-May 1644 --
III.. Beijing Becomes the New Qing Capital --
IV.. The Shunzhi Emperor, 1644-1662 --
V.. The Southern Ming Challenge to Qing Hegemony, 1644-1662 --
VI.. The Manchu Offensive --
VII.. The Longwu Regime: Fuzhou, July 1645-October 1646 --
VIII.. Ming Loyalist Activity after 1646 --
32.. The Kangxi Emperor: Coming of Age --
I.. Difficult Beginnings.
Responsibility: F.W. Mote.

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The Tanguts Come into the Song Orbit -- IV.. Yuanhao Proclaims the Xia Dynasty -- V.. The Xi Xia as an Imperial Dynasty -- Part 2. Conquest Dynasties and the Southern Song 1127-1279 -- 9.. The "Wild Jurchens" Erupt into History -- I.. Aguda's Challenge -- II.. The End of the Liao Dynasty -- III.. The Northern Song Falls to the Jurchens -- IV.. Who Were These Jurchens? -- V.. Explaining the Jurchens' Success -- 10.. The Jurchen State and Its Cultural Policy -- I.. The Conquerors Turn to Governing -- II.. The Period of Dual Institutions, 1115-1135 -- III.. The Era of Centralization, 1135-1161 -- IV.. The Period of Nativist Reaction, 1161-1208 -- V.. The End of the Jin Dynasty, 1208-1234 -- 11.. The Later Xi Xia State -- I.. Xi Xia in the Era of the Jin Dynasty, 1115-1227 -- II.. The Crisis of the "Partition of the State" -- III.. The Destruction of the Xi Xia State -- IV.. The Tangut Achievement -- V.. Xia Buddhism -- 12.. Trends of Change under Jin Alien Rule -- I.. Divisions: North and South, Chinese and Non-Chinese -- II.. Jurchen Dominance -- III.. The Impact of the Civil Service Examinations -- IV.. High Culture during the Jin Dynasty -- V.. Economic Life under the Jin -- 13.. The Southern Song and Chinese Survival -- I.. A Fleeing Prince -- A New Emperor -- II.. War versus Peace -- III.. Patterns of High Politics after the Treaty of 1141 -- 14.. Chinese Civilization and the Song Achievement -- I.. New Social Factors -- II.. Elite Lives and Song High Culture -- III.. Confucian Thinkers -- IV.. Other Kinds of Elite Lives -- V.. Some Generalizations about the Song Elite -- 15.. Southern Song Life -- A Broader View -- I.. Calculating Song China's Population -- II.. Governing at the Local Level -- III.. Paying for Government -- IV.. Status in the Chinese Population -- V.. Urban and Rural -- VI.. Families, Women, and Children -- VII.. A Poet's Observations -- 16.. A Mid-Thirteenth-Century Overview -- I.. The Heritage of the Liao, Xi Xia, and Jin Periods -- II.. The System of Ritualized Interstate Relations -- III.. The Growing Scope of International Trade -- IV.. Cultural Interaction -- Part 3. China and the Mongol World -- 17.. The Career of the Great Khan Chinggis -- I.. Backgrounds of Mongol History -- II.. The Ethnic Geography of Inner Asia in the Late Twelfth Century -- III.. Mongol Nomadic Economy and Social Life -- IV.. The Mongols Emerge into History -- V.. The Youth of Temujin -- VI.. Chinggis Khan as Nation Builder -- 18.. Forging the Mongol World Empire, 1206-1260 -- I.. The Nearer Horizons of Empire, 1206-1217 -- II.. The First Campaign to the West, 1218-1225 -- III.. Chinggis Khan, the Man -- IV.. The Second Campaign to the West, 1236-1241 -- V.. Mongol Adaptations to China under Chinggis and Ogodei -- VI.. Mongke Khan and the Third Campaign to the West -- VII.. Relations among the Four Khanates -- 19.. Khubilai Khan Becomes Emperor of China -- I.. The Early Life of Khubilai -- II.. Khubilai and His Chinese Advisers before 1260 -- III.. Mongke's Field General in China -- IV.. Maneuvering to Become the Great Khan -- V.. The Great Khan Khubilai Becomes Emperor of China -- VI.. The Conquest of the Southern Song, 1267-1279 -- VII.. The War against Khaidu -- VIII.. Khubilai's Later Years -- IX.. Khubilai Khan's Successors, 1294-1370 -- 20.. China under Mongol Rule -- I.. Yuan Government -- II.. Managing Society and Staffing the Government -- III.. Religions -- IV.. China's People under Mongol Rule -- V.. The Yuan Cultural Achievement -- Part 4. The Restoration of Native Rule Under the Ming 1368-1644 -- 21.. From Chaos toward a New Chinese Order -- I.. Disintegration -- II.. Competitors for Power Emerge -- III.. Rival Contenders, 1351-1368 -- IV.. Zhu Yuanzhang, Boy to Young Man -- 22.. Zhu Yuanzhang Builds His Ming Dynasty -- I.. Learning to Be an Emperor -- II.. Setting the Pattern of His Dynasty -- III.. Constructing a Capital and a Government -- IV.. The Enigma of Zhu Yuanzhang -- 23.. Civil War and Usurpation, 1399-1402 -- I.. The New Era -- II.. The Thought of Fang Xiaoru: What Might Have Been -- III.. From Prince to Emperor -- 24.. The "Second Founding" of the Ming Dynasty -- I.. Ming Chengzu's Imprint on Ming Governing -- II.. The Eunuch Establishment and the Imperial Bodyguard -- III.. Defending Throne and State -- IV.. Securing China's Place in the Asian World -- V.. The New Capital -- 25.. Ming China in the Fifteenth Century -- I.. Successors to the Yongle Emperor -- II.. The Mechanics of Government -- III.. The Grand Canal in Ming Times -- 26.. The Changing World of the Sixteenth Century -- I.. Emperor Wuzong, 1505-1521 -- II.. Emperor Shizong's Accession -- III.. The Rites Controversy -- IV.. Emperor Shizong and Daoism -- V.. The Emperor Shizong and His Officials -- VI.. Wang Yangming and Sixteenth-Century Confucian Thought -- 27.. Ming China's Borders -- I.. Border Zones, Zones of Interaction -- II.. Tension and Peril on the Northern Borders -- III.. Tibet and the Western Borders -- IV.. The "Soft Border" of the Chinese South -- V.. The Maritime Borders of Eastern China -- 28.. Late Ming Political Decline, 1567-1627 -- I.. The Brief Reign of Emperor Muzong, 1567-1572 -- II.. Zhang Juzheng's Leadership and the Wanli Reign -- III.. The Wanli Emperor's Successors -- 29.. The Lively Society of the Late Ming -- I.. The Population of Ming China -- II.. The Organization of Rural Society -- III.. Ming Cities, Towns, and Urban People: The Question of Capitalism -- IV.. Late Ming Elite Culture -- 30.. The Course of Ming Failure -- I.. Launching the Chongzhen Reign: Random Inadequacies, Persistent Hopes -- II.. The Manchu Invaders -- III.. The "Roving Bandits" -- IV.. Beijing, Spring 1644 -- Part 5. China and the World in Early Qing Times -- 31.. Alien Rule Returns -- I.. Beijing: The City Ravaged -- II.. 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