Culture, Courtiers, and Competition - 
      David M. Robinson
    
      Dora C. Y. Ching
    
      Chu Hung-Iam
    
      Scarlett Jang
    
      Joseph S. C. Lam
    
      Julia K. Murray
    
      Kenneth M. Swope

Culture, Courtiers, and Competition

The Ming Court (1368–1644)

David M. Robinson (Redaktør) ; Dora C. Y. Ching (Innledning) ; Chu Hung-Iam (Innledning) ; Scarlett Jang (Innledning) ; Joseph S. C. Lam (Innledning) ; Julia K. Murray (Innledning) ; Kenneth M. Swope (Innledning)

This collection of essays reveals the Ming court as an arena of competition and negotiation, where a large cast of actors pursued individual and corporate ends, personal agency shaped protocol and style, and diverse people, goods, and tastes converged. Les mer
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This collection of essays reveals the Ming court as an arena of competition and negotiation, where a large cast of actors pursued individual and corporate ends, personal agency shaped protocol and style, and diverse people, goods, and tastes converged. Rather than observing an immutable set of traditions, court culture underwent frequent reinterpretation and rearticulation, processes driven by immediate personal imperatives, mediated through social, political, and cultural interaction.

The essays address several common themes. First, they rethink previous notions of imperial isolation, instead stressing the court's myriad ties both to local Beijing society and to the empire as a whole. Second, the court was far from monolithic or static. Palace women, monks, craftsmen, educators, moralists, warriors, eunuchs, foreign envoys, and others strove to advance their interests and forge advantageous relations with the emperor and one another. Finally, these case studies illustrate the importance of individual agency. The founder's legacy may have formed the warp of court practices and tastes, but the weft varied considerably. Reflecting the complexity of the court, the essays represent a variety of perspectives and disciplines-from intellectual, cultural, military, and political to art history and musicology.
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Forlag: Harvard University, Asia Center
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Språk: Engelsk
ISBN: 9780674028234
Format: 24 x 16 cm
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David M. Robinson is Robert H. N. Ho Professor in Asian Studies and History at Colgate University.