Shrines to the Living Men in the Ming Political Cosmos

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2019

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.