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A Tale of Two Melons: Emperor and Subject in Ming China Sarah Schneewind

A Tale of Two Melons: Emperor and Subject in Ming China

Sarah Schneewind

Published September 14th 2006
ISBN : 9780872208254
Hardcover
176 pages
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A commoners presentation to the emperor of a lucky omen from his garden, the repercussions for his family, and several retellings of the incident provide the background for an engaging introduction to Ming society, culture, and politics, includingMoreA commoners presentation to the emperor of a lucky omen from his garden, the repercussions for his family, and several retellings of the incident provide the background for an engaging introduction to Ming society, culture, and politics, including discussions of the founding of the Ming dynasty- the character of the first emperor- the role of omens in court politics- how the central and local governments were structured, including the civil service examination system- the power of local elite families- the roles of women- filial piety- and the concept of ling or efficacy in Chinese religion.