Banditry and the Subversion of State Authority in China: The Capital Region During the Middle Ming Period (1450-1525)

  title={Banditry and the Subversion of State Authority in China: The Capital Region During the Middle Ming Period (1450-1525)},
  author={David Robinson},
  journal={Journal of Social History},
  pages={527 - 563}
  • David Robinson
  • Published 1 March 2000
  • Economics
  • Journal of Social History
Highway banditry in Ming China's Capital Region during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries owed much to the strong state presence radiating outward from Beijing. The essay opens with a survey of general patterns of banditry in the Capital Region. It then analyzes the social, political, economic, military, ethnic, and geographic features that contributed the region's distinctive forms of violence. It concludes with a preliminary comparison of Capital Region banditry and coastal piracy. 

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