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Running head: Imperial Chinese isolation versus exploitation of American 1 Imperial Chinese isolationism versus exploitation of American Student’s name Institution
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Imperial Chinese isolationism versus exploitation of American 2 The Ming Empire developed agricultural enterprises that ensured growth. Ming dynasty had a sophisticated administrative structure that tracked the movement of goods throughout the kingdom. The amount of agricultural terrain and sustained production practice in China fostered an internal structure that stabilized the empire’s needs. The Ming brought back and developed higher-yielding rice strains and also started cultivating sugarcane, indigo, potatoes, sweet potatoes, maize, peanuts, and tobacco from the Manila galleons. Maize and potatoes took quickly and increased the production of staples which led to an increase in the Ming population. Tacticians developed an innovative rationing system for the provision of its armies. The Ming had inherited a standardized system known as dry food (Qiu bei) and supplied food (Ji Liang). The main staples of military and civilian diets were rice, sorghum, barley, and millet. The military used rice and millet because of the ease of transport, simplicity of cooking and shelf life. The Ming also developed sun fan rice that had been repeatedly steamed and dehydrated at least 10 times. This made the rice last longer and be able to be recooked in a shorter time. Chinese silk originates from the mulberry silkworms. During Ming times, weavers hired intricate draw looms using dissimilar colored wefts and integrating flat gold strips gold-wrapped threads as well as rainbow-like peacock feathers to create their brocades. Ming culture dominated key elements of global trade in the early-modern period, namely porcelain and fine ceramics (Finlay, R. 2010 p220).. Ming artists refined with a flair for intricate blue-white ware that came to symbolize refined tastes around the globe. Historians have argued that Ming
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