The Cambridge History of China 2 Volume 8, The Ming Dynasty, Part 2, 1368-1644
Editors: Denis C. Twitchett and Frederick W. Mote
Publisher: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Volumes seven and eight of The Cambridge History of China are devoted to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), the only segment of later imperial history during which all of China proper was ruled by a native, or Han, dynasty. These volumes provide the largest and most detailed account of the Ming period in any language. Summarising all modern research, volume eight offers detailed studies of governmental structure, the fiscal and legal systems, international relations, social and economic history, transportation networks, and the history of ideas and religion, incorporating original research on subjects never before described in detail. Although it is written by specialists, this Cambridge History intends to explain and describe the Ming dynasty to general readers who do not have a specialised knowledge of Chinese history, as well as scholars and students. This volume can be utilised as a reference work, or read continuously.