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Ming China and its Allies

Ming China and its Allies
Imperial Rule in Eurasia


  • Publication planned for: January 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108489225

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  • On the eve of the early modern age, Ming emperors ruled around one-quarter of the globe's population, the majority of the world's largest urban centers, the biggest standing army on the planet, and the day's most affluent economy. Far from being isolated, the Ming court was the greatest center of political patronage in East Eurasia, likely the world. Although the Ming throne might trumpet its superiority, it understood its need for allegiance from ruling elites in neighbouring regions. In this major new study, David M. Robinson explores Ming emperors' relations with the single most important category of Eurasian nobles: descendants of Ghengis Khan and their Mongol supporters. Exploring the international dimensions of Chinese rule, this revisionist but accessible account shows that even rulers such as the Ming emperor needed allies and were willing to pay for them.

    • Contextualizes China in global history, breaking out of 'isolated China' historical narrative
    • Provides a full analysis of Chinese diplomacy and international leadership in the early modern period
    • Provides compelling new ways of thinking about power and legitimacy in the pre-modern world
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: January 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108489225
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 2 maps
    • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction, 1. Zhu Di's march to power in a Chinggisid world
    2. Search for control
    3. Mongol nobles at the Ming court
    4. Tumu crisis in a Eurasion context: struggle for the Chinggisid mantle
    5. Tumu crisis (II) allies and commensurability

  • Author

    David M. Robinson, Colgate University, New York
    David M. Robinson is Professor in Asian Studies and Professor of History at Colgate University, New York.

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