Dressing for power: Rite, costume, and state authority in Ming Dynasty China

@article{Yuan2007DressingFP,
  title={Dressing for power: Rite, costume, and state authority in Ming Dynasty China},
  author={Zujie Yuan},
  journal={Frontiers of History in China},
  year={2007},
  volume={2},
  pages={181-212}
}
  • Zujie Yuan
  • Published 2007
  • Economics
  • Frontiers of History in China
As soon as Zhu Yuanzhang, the founder of the Ming Dynasty, assumed the throne, he and his Confucian assistants imposed a system of clothing regulation on the court and society in order to create a hierarchical power structure. As an important aspect of Chinese civilization, the clothing system functioned to form a social hierarchy, to regulate people’s activities, to harmonize the relations among the people, and finally to make a stable society under the close control of the state. The state… 
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