Lecture 8.1307 1

Lecture 8.1307 1 - POLITICAL CHANGE AND NEW IDEAS ABOUT...

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POLITICAL CHANGE AND NEW IDEAS ABOUT GOVERNMENT: MING-QING CHINA IN THE SIXTEENTH AND SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES Problems Facing the Chinese 1. The creation of a Chinese identity, not simply a Han identity - Chinese empire is large and contains many people groups on its margins - Particularly a problem for the Manchu emperors (who are outsiders) 2. Major natural disasters such as floods and famines, particularly in 1630s - And the resultant peasant unrest 3. How to maintain China’s position as a pre-eminent world power - The place where everyone comes to trade 4. Maintaining ancient traditions while adapting these traditions to changing circumstances - The role of the mandarins/government bureaucrats - The lack of rights of the peasants, particularly over their land - Their understanding of their history - And what history tells them about their place in the world 5. Controlling the various army commanders (who are supposed to be maintaining the peace) - Preventing civil war precipitated by the warlords/army commanders
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2010 for the course HIS 1307 taught by Professor Gawrich during the Spring '08 term at Baylor.

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Lecture 8.1307 1 - POLITICAL CHANGE AND NEW IDEAS ABOUT...

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