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The History of Government from the Earliest TimesVolume II: The Intermediate Ages$
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S. E. Finer

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207900

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207900.001.0001

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Government Under the Ming, 1368–1644

Government Under the Ming, 1368–1644

(p.806) 4 Government Under the Ming, 1368–1644
The History of Government from the Earliest Times

S. E. Finer

Oxford University Press

Patriotic Chinese hail the Ming dynasty as the last native dynasty on Chinese soil before the alien Manchus (Ch'ing) took over in 1644 and ruled the country up to the close of the entire imperial regime in 1911. However, the Ming governmental system persisted through the Ching: effectively, the same form of government prevailed in China for the entire 1368–1911 period, 543 years. This chapter discusses Ming society and economy, the transit of the Ming dynasty, the structure of government, the Chinese constitution, the government-notables alliance, maladministration, the nature of the regime, and the strengths and weaknesses of the Ming regime.

Keywords:   Ming dynasty, government, Chinese constitution, Ming society, Ming economy

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