9780791426883-0791426882-The Eunuchs in the Ming Dynasty (SUNY Series in Chinese Local Studies)

The Eunuchs in the Ming Dynasty (SUNY Series in Chinese Local Studies)

ISBN-13: 9780791426883
ISBN-10: 0791426882
Author: Tsai, Shih-Shan Henry
Publication date: 1995
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Format: Paperback 312 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780791426883
ISBN-10: 0791426882
Author: Tsai, Shih-Shan Henry
Publication date: 1995
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Format: Paperback 312 pages

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Acknowledged authors Tsai, Shih-Shan Henry wrote The Eunuchs in the Ming Dynasty (SUNY Series in Chinese Local Studies) comprising 312 pages back in 1995. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0791426882 and 9780791426883. Since then The Eunuchs in the Ming Dynasty (SUNY Series in Chinese Local Studies) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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This study of Chinese eunuchs illuminates the entire history of the Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, and provides broad information on various aspects of pre-modern China.

This book is the first on Chinese eunuchs in English and presents a comprehensive picture of the role that they played in the Ming dynasty, 1368-1644. Extracted from a wide range of primary and secondary source material, the author provides significant and interesting information about court politics, espionage and internal security, military and foreign affairs, tax and tribute collection, the operation of imperial monopolies, judiciary review, the layout of the palace complex, the Grand Canal, and much more.

The eunuchs are shown to be not just a minor adjunct to a government of civil servants and military officers, but a fully developed third branch of the Ming administration that participated in all of the most essential matters of the dynasty. The veil of condemnation and jealousy imposed on eunuchs by the compilers of official history is pulled away to reveal a richly textured tapestry. Eunuchs are portrayed in a balanced manner that gives due consideration to able and faithful service along with the inept, the lurid, and the iniquitous.
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