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The Confusions of Pleasure

The Ming dynasty, the last great imperial house before the Manchu conquest in 1644, ruled China for nearly three centuries. 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 Read more

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Civil Society in China

With B. Michael Frolic The suppression of the Democracy Movement in 1989 drove political scientists and historians of China to seek to understand the conditions under which Chinese might see to organize society with and without the supervision of the state. The translation into English in 1989 of Jürgen Habermas’ The Structural Transformation of the Read more

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Culture and Economy

With Hy V. Luong In recent years, most of the economies of Eastern Asia have been absorbed into global capitalism. Capitalism has transformed these economies, but the process has not been one-way. The cultures of Eastern Asia have in turn shaped how capitalism organizes labor, capital, and markets, in ways that could not have been Read more

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Praying for Power

In 17th and 18th century China, Buddhists and Confucians alike flooded local Buddhist monasteries with donations As gentry numbers grew faster than the imperial bureaucracy, traditional Confucian careers were closed to many; but visible philanthropy could publicize elite status outside the state realm. Actively sought by fund-raising abbots, such patronage affected institutional Buddhism. After exploring Read more

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Quelling the People

The Beijing Massacre was a watershed in the history of modern China. In the early hours of June 4, 1989, the People’s Liberation Army forced its way into the center of Beijing. Its objective was to take control of Tiananmen Square, headquarters of the fledgling Democracy Movement, at all costs. Even the Chinese leaders may Read more

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National Polity and Local Power

Due in no small part to the proximity of their much larger neighbour, Korean scholars have been among the most perceptive observers of China. This book brought into English for the first time important essays by Min Tu-ki, who was the senior China historian at Seoul National University and whose intellectual disciples continue to shape Read more

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The Asiatic Mode of Production in China

As Chinese intellectuals emerged from the Cultural Revolution, they began to cast around within Marxist philosophy for a new model by which to understand China’s history, and in particular the resilience of autocracy into their own day. The model they found in Marx was his concept of the Asiatic mode of production, which rejected the Read more

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Geographical Sources of Ming-Qing History

First published in 1988 in response to the growing need for documentation concerning local history in the late imperial period, Geographical Sources provides bibliographical data regarding two distinct genres: route books, and topographical and institutional gazetteers. In its second edition, this essential research tool has been completely revised and expanded with close to one hundred Read more

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