WHY MILITARY INSTITUTIONS MATTER FOR MING HISTORY

@inproceedings{Robinson2017WHYMI,
  title={WHY MILITARY INSTITUTIONS MATTER FOR MING HISTORY},
  author={David Robinson},
  year={2017}
}
Systemic attention to military institutions sharpens our understanding of the Ming dynasty in comparative, global terms and yields a fuller perspective on the state and its role in people’s lives. First, the Ming dynasty devoted more resources, in absolute terms, to its military enterprise than any other contemporary power. It maintained enormous standing armies that drilled regularly, empire-wide logistical systems, welfare provisions for military dependents and retired or injured military… 

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