China Yuan to Ming - China Yuan to Ming c 1271-1644...

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China: Yuan to Ming c. 1271-1644 Collapse of the Yuan o The Yuan dynasty, founded by the Mongols in 1271, was soon absorbed by Chinese  culture o In the late Yuan period, a series of natural disasters and internal conflict weakened  the power of the emperor o  Between 1330 and 1344, severe famine and flooding caused great hardship o The White Lotus Sect was among many groups that sought to overthrow the Yuan  o In 1368, Ming Yaizu established the indigenous Ming Dynasty Ming China o The most powerful, culturally sophisticated polity in the world ca. 1300 Geography o Physical Geography Bleak northern plains abutting Yellow River (dust storms and freezing winters) Lush, semi-tropic climate near Yangtze  Malaria, bilharzias endemic Compartmentalization by mountain ranges o Human Geography Core are homogeneity (except Beijing) Mountain tribesmen (Miao, Taiwanese) Sinifying subject peoples (Tibetans, Kazaks) Sinifying neighbors (Korea, Japan, Vietnam)
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