The confusions of pleasure : commerce and culture in Ming China

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  • Commerce and culture in Ming China
  • 1st pbk. printing
  • Berkeley : University of California Press 1999
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xxv, 320 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • 0520210913
  • Originally published: 1998; First paperback printing.
  • Available through ACLS Humanities e-book (HEB).
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-311) and index.
  • Reproduction available: Electronic text and image data. Ann Arbor, Mich. : University of Michigan, Michigan Publishing, 2016. Includes both TIFF files and keyword searchable text. ([ACLS Humanities E-Book]) Mode of access: Intranet.
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  • Available in electronic full text to members of the University via the Library web catalogue.
  • Description based on print version.
  • 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)
  • The Fall of the MingLast Glimpses; Notes; Bibliography; Glossary and Index
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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 transformed from a closely administered agrarian realm into a place of commercial profits and intense competition for status.The Confusions of Pleasure marks a si
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