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The confusions of pleasure : commerce and culture in Ming China

Author: Timothy Brook
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Ming dynasty was the last great Chinese dynasty before the Manchu conquest in 1644. During that time, China, not Europe, was the center of the world: the European voyages of exploration were searching not just for new lands but also for new trade routes to the Far East. In this book, Timothy Brook eloquently narrates the changing landscape of life over the three centuries of the Ming (1368-1644), when China was  Read more...
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Brook, Timothy, 1951-
Confusions of pleasure.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1998
(DLC) 97008838
(OCoLC)36621759
Named Person: Händel
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Brook
ISBN: 9780520924079 052092407X 9780520221543 0520221540 0520210913 9780520210912
OCLC Number: 769188997
Description: 1 online resource (xxv, 320 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents: Cover; Contents; Illustrations; Preface; A Ming Chronology; A Genealogy of Ming Emperors; Abbreviations; Introduction; Dramatis Personae; Winter: The First Century (1368-1450); A Brick in the Wall; The Burden of Communication; Ideas into Texts; Economy And Exchange; The Distance between Rich and Poor; Spring: The Middle Century (1450-1550); The Center Recedes; State and Market; Commerce; Commerce and Culture; The Zhengde Decay; Summer: The Last Century (1550-1644); The God of Copper Cash; Travels and Letters; Consumption and Production; Trade; Fashion; Fall: The Lord of Silver (1642- 1644).
Responsibility: Timothy Brook.

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