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Documents Readings 1.10 1.1, 1.2 Accounts of the Suzhou Riot - Final decades of the Ming dynasty throne relied on the eunuchs. Eunuchs became more and more corrupt. Sun Long (eunuch) abused his powers over silk workers. 1.1 Ge Xian was a silk weaver. Tax collector demands an unfair tax. Wealthy families were bribed to accept and weavers suffered. Xian led a group of weavers and beat tax collectors to death. Rioters were forbidden to loot and nothing was taken. Tax Commissioner fled and when troops came Ge Xian volunteered to go to prison. He was then pardoned. 1.2 Hoodlums were given jobs as collectors. Weavers seized and beat collectors. Nobody resists them, Mistakenly entered a commoner household, apologized. Riot went on for 3 days until all collectors died. Told people to return to regular lives. Troops ordered to arrest all, Ge Xian says he did it, arrested, pardoned. 1.3 Ming Official on Decline - Song Yingxing reflects on the crisis of Ming $$ management. Disaster caused by northwest bandits has spread to central plain. Today people are killed by mobs, tomorrow it might be government troops. Those in the southeast still prosper but officials are concerned. Bandits
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This note was uploaded on 05/01/2008 for the course HISC 302 taught by Professor Demare during the Spring '08 term at Tulane.

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