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Ming Dynasty
-Yuan/Mongol dynasty precedes Ming dynasty
-Fantastic military leaders, but poor on administrations
-Not a long lived dynasty
-Zhu Yuanzhang (Hongwu Emperor) (Great military power) founded Ming dynasty
oPenny pincher
oBad tempered
oPublic punishment for officials
oLegalism – belief in the rule of law above all else
oConfucianism
-Eunuch influences
oCastration – no family lines, no concern of keeping power for their offspring
Looked down upon, known for their deception
Cant get the females in the imperial palace pregnant
No question in the emperor’s line of descent
High pitched voices – due to castration at the age of 10
Many died during the surgery
They would keep testicles in clay jars preserved for life – goal was to die
and be buried with their testicles
Secret Societies
-Practiced martial arts
-Rebel groups – hoping to fill the power back
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Zhu yuanzhang (hongwu emperor) (great military power) founded ming dynasty: penny pincher, bad tempered, public punishment for officials, legalism belief in the rule of law above all else, confucianism. Eunuch influences: castration no family lines, no concern of keeping power for their offspring. looked down upon, known for their deception. can"t get the females in the imperial palace pregnant: no question in the emperor"s line of descent. high pitched voices due to castration at the age of 10. they would keep testicles in clay jars preserved for life goal was to die and be buried with their testicles. Rebel groups hoping to fill the power back www. notesolution. com: white lotus, red turbans. Castrato castrated men who were able to hit high notes that usually only women would be able to hit. Gave symbolic gifts to chinese emperor cultural prestige/ flattery. Sinic sphere domain for operation of the tributary system.

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