Confucianism And Autocracy: Professional Elites In The Founding Of The Ming Dynasty

Confucianism And Autocracy: Professional Elites In The Founding Of The Ming Dynasty
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This work looks into the Chinese social system for clues to the origin of the Ming autocracy, focusing on the role of Confucian doctrines in the rise of the Ming. He examines the elite stratum within Chinese society and the community of men broadly competent in Confucian learning and specialists that served that polity.

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