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The military collapse of China's Ming Dynasty, 1618-44

Author: Kenneth Swope
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014.
Series: Asian states and empires.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book examines the military collapse of China's Ming Dynasty to a combination of foreign and domestic foes. The Ming's defeat was a highly surprising development, not least because as recently as in the 1590s the Ming had managed to defeat a Japanese force considered to be perhaps the most formidable of its day when the latter attempted to subjugate Korea en-route to a planned invasion of China. In contrast to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth Swope
ISBN: 9780415449274 0415449278 0203795431 9780203795439
OCLC Number: 457164518
Description: viii, 291 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: A gauntlet is cast down: the rise of the Latter Jin, 1618-21 --
Changing tides: from defeat to stability in the northeast, 1622-6 --
Pursuing a forward strategy: Yuan Chonghuan's rise and fall, 1626-30 --
Dashing defiers and dastardly defenders: the peasant rebels gain strength and the northeastern front weakens, 1630-6 --
Miscasting a ten-sided net: Yang Sichang ascendant, 1636-41 --
Hanging by a silken thread: the Ming armies collapse, 1641-3 --
Chongzhen's lament: my ministers have abandoned me! winter-spring 1644 --
The fall of the Ming from a global perspective.
Series Title: Asian states and empires.
Responsibility: Kenneth M. Swope.

Abstract:

This book examines the military collapse of China's Ming Dynasty to a combination of foreign and domestic foes. The Ming's defeat was a highly surprising development, not least because as recently as in the 1590s the Ming had managed to defeat a Japanese force considered to be perhaps the most formidable of its day when the latter attempted to subjugate Korea en-route to a planned invasion of China. In contrast to conventional explanations for the Ming's collapse, which focus upon political and socio-economic factors, this book shows how the military collapse of the Ming state was intimately connected to the deterioration of the personal relationship between the Ming throne and the military establishment that had served as the cornerstone of the Ming military renaissance of the previous decades. Moreover, it examines the broader process of the militarization of late Ming society as a whole to arrive at an understanding of how a state with such tremendous military resources and potential could be defeated by numerically and technologically inferior foes. It concludes with a consideration of the fall of the Ming in light of contemporary conflicts and regime changes around the globe, drawing attention to climatological factors and developments outside state control. Utilizing recently released archival materials, this book adds a much needed piece to the puzzle of the collapse of the Ming Dynasty in China. -- Publisher website.

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