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Lynn A. Struve
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The Southern Ming, 1644-1662

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Hardcover, 297 pages
Published December 31st 1984 by Yale University Press (first published December 1984)
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Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: china, history
Struve's book had its merits upon its publication in mid 80s, when the study of Southern Ming was still much restricted and in rudimentary form; but it appears to me more or less outdated as of 2018. Many opinions presented in the book were indeed breakthroughs from the traditional single-file, often moralistic narrative, but they still lack depth from a long-term perspective. The analysis of southern Ming emperors was, for instance, highly biased against existing historical records (which ...more
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Bertolucci's Last Emperor belong to the Qing of Ch'ing Dynasty, which swept into China from Manchuria as the Ming Dynasty collapsed in the mid-seventeenth century. The Ch'ing (Lynn Struve's preferred spelling) cannot properly be said to have overthrown the Ming. Beijing in fact fell to an army of Chinese peasant rebels, so unprepared to manage a tottering empire that the Manchus pushed them out of the capital after a month. Over the next 18 years, the Manchus drove south, eliminating ...more
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