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 were searching not just for new lands but also for new trade routes to the Far East. In this book, Timothy Bro...
University of California Press,
- Cover; Contents; Illustrations; Preface; A Ming Chronology; A Genealogy of Ming Emperors; Abbreviations; Introduction; Dramatis Personae; Winter: The First Century (1368-1450); A Brick in the Wall; The Burden of Communication; Ideas into Texts; Economy And Exchange; The Distance between Rich and Poor; Spring: The Middle Century (1450-1550); The Center Recedes; State and Market; Commerce; Commerce and Culture; The Zhengde Decay; Summer: The Last Century (1550-1644); The God of Copper Cash; Travels and Letters; Consumption and Production; Trade; Fashion; Fall: The Lord of Silver (1642- 1644).