Wed, Apr 24, 2019, 4:30 pm, 202 Jones. SPEAKER: Sarah Schneewind (University of California, San Diego). When the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 CE) government looked like the misbegotten union of a totalitarian emperor and a cowardly, grasping bureaucracy, shrines to the living – primarily to late-Ming eunuch dictator Wei Zhongxian – looked like absurd manifestations of wicked megalomania. But now scholars take a more balanced view of the complicated strengths and weakness of a state that did last for 276 years. Ming living shrines, too, deserve a second look.
Shrines to the Living Men in the Ming Political Cosmos
Wednesday, Apr 17, 2019