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The Confusions of Pleasure: Commerce and Culture in Ming China
The Ming dynasty was the last great Chinese dynasty before the Manchu conquest in 1644. During that time, China, not Europe, was the center of the world: the European voyages of exploration wereExpand
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The Tokyo Judgment and the Rape of Nanking
The japanese assault on the city of nanking in December 1937 was one of many incidents that the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE, 1946–48) examined in the course of judging theExpand
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Collaboration: Japanese Agents and Local Elites in Wartime China
Studies of collaboration have changed how the history of World War II in Europe is written, but for China and Japan this aspect of wartime conduct has remained largely unknowledged. This text breaksExpand
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Praying for Power: Buddhism and the Formation of Gentry Society in Late-Ming China
In 17th and 18th century China, Buddhists and Confucians alike flooded local Buddhist monasteries with donations As gentry numbers grew faster than the imperial bureaucracy, traditional ConfucianExpand
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Mr Selden's map of China : the spice trade, a lost chart and the South China Sea
In 1659, a vast and unusual map of China arrived in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. It was bequeathed by John Selden, a London business lawyer, political activist, former convict, MP and the city'sExpand
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Civil Society in China
The concept of civil society was borrowed from 18th-century Europe to provide a framework for understanding the transition to post-authoritarian regimes in Latin America and post-communist regimesExpand
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Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World
From the epicentre of Delft in the Netherlands, Brook takes the paintings of Johannes Vermeer and uses details of them as a series of entry points to the widest circles of world trade and culturalExpand
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Printing for Profit: The Commercial Publishers of Jianyang, Fujian (11th-17th Centuries)
From the 11th through the 17th centuries, the publishers of Jianyang in Fujian province played a conspicuous role in the Chinese book trade. Unlike the products of government and educational presses,Expand
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