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A Tale of Two Melons: Emperor and Subject in Ming China
A commoner's 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 ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 14th 2006 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
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Schneewind teaches Chinese history at the University of California, San Diego. Her scholarly work explores how people dealt with imperial power, how state power negotiated with society, and how historical texts were constructed and read in political context. She is currently writing a study of the biographies of an early Ming scholar-official executed for corruption and honored as an incorrupt off ...moreMore about Sarah Schneewind