The Urban Life of the Ming Dynasty

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Author  Chen Baoliang
Publisher  Paths International Ltd.
Publication Date   January 1, 2014
ISBN  1844643565
Pages  516

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This book examines the history of life in the big cities of China's Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), including Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Kaifeng. The coverage includes information on: the clothing of urban officials and residents * their diet * utensils * ceremonies * festivals * the words and deeds of the residents * commercial activities * the contrasts between life within the royal houses and life within an ordinary house in the city. This period of Chinese urban history is unique because, although it developed from traditions of the Han and Tang dynasties, it also heralded a strong break with tradition. As the world started to modernize, so did China, and this fascinating book shows how and where this first occurred. (Series: Insight on Ancient China) [Subject: History, Chinese Studies, Asian Studies, Urban Studies, Cultural Studies]

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