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WEEK 5 DISCUSSION NAME ASTD 20 July 2016 Topic: Ming Dynasty of China (1368) In the beginning of the Ming Dynasty, during the final years of the Yuan Dynasty era around 1279-1368 there was a lot of natural disasters such as the plague pandemic, flooding, drought and famines which caused a negative impact where millions of people died. After years of protest and war with the help of the famous Buddhist monk named Zhu Yuanzhang, the Yuan Dynasty finally fell to the Ming Dynasty in 1368AD. As stated by the author, “during those previous 10 years starting around 1358, Zhu’s army had defeated powerful opposing armies, and captured important cities such as the city of Nanjing, later becoming his capital, that was strategically located giving him part of control of the Yangtze River. Leading to the final war on the Yan Empire, where he gained control of Beijing and became the new emperor. After proclaiming himself as the new Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, traditional thinking, announcing that he had the “Mandate of Heaven” to rule, he adopted “Hongwu” as his title, meaning the “Vast Magnificent Military” (Wu, 2016). (PICTURES OF ART of Zhu Yuanzhang) Emperor of the Ming Dynasty Zhu Yuanzhang 1328-1398, (PICTURES OF Great Wall at Juyong) The Great Wall at Juyong Pass that was reconstructed by the Ming Dynasty. The Ming Dynasty ruled for almost 300 years from 1368-1644, during this time to demonstrate the Ming authority, the first emperors defeated any domestic or foreign threat. Followed by the third emperor who was even more aggressive, Zhu Di who led major campaigns against Mongolian tribes who were considered to be a major threat and also wanted to send a message to the world, of China’s power in the region. There for bordering countries where

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