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Department
History
Course
HIST 1005
Professor
Shayne Clarke
Semester
Fall

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October 2, 2013 China was land of both maritime and land­based trade and thus was a hub of trade on the Silk  Roads Zheng He explores India and Africa 1405­1433 After the Yuan dynasty was thrown out of power due to a challenger proving that the mandate of  heaven was lost, the Ming dynasty was established “Ming” means right and illustrious The Chinese armies continued to fight into Manchuria to expand the empire Depleted coffers of the Chinese treasury The first Ming emperor chose a grandson to succeed him First Ming emperor ruled for 30 years Third Ming emperor ruled for 22 years Second Ming emperor only ruled for 4 years He was killed and deposed by his uncle Two types of relationships Consanguinity Relationship by blood Affinity Nonbiological familial relationship Ex. Your father’s sister’s husband, your uncle Related by affinity because they are the father (or mother) of the grandchildren in the family line In China, ruling is all about legitimacy If you came upon the throne through illegitimate means, you need to knock out everyone who does  have a legitimate claim The Ming Dynasty was aimed at restoring the magnificent culture and history of China, and  effectively rewriting history to be Han­centric Forbade Mongolian language, dress, music, marriage and burial practices Third emperor was very militaristic, and constantly wanted to expand the empire However, still made sure that the state of the empire was very stable Elaborate imperial court system System of tributary trade To be a Chinese scholar you need to know Poetry­ Book of Poetry Music/songs Archery Specific rites and rituals­ how to act in certain situations If you get it wrong, it can be a sign fr
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