The Southern Ming, 1644-1662

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This book intends to answer the question 'why the Ming Dynasty collapsed'. To this purpose, Situ Lin discusses the crux for its failure reflected in the 18 years of history after the Ming hereditary monarchy fell. By combing through the extensive historical materials, this book ascribes the waning of Ming to the fact that 'unity and coordination failed to be reached between scholarship and military' and that 'ministers were trapped in a plight as to how to assist the ruler in governing the country'. The crux of this internal conflict had been buried since the first emperor of China's Ming Dynasty, Zhu Yuanizhang designed the bureaucratic system from the beginning. As time passed by, the partisan conflicts among the civil officials escalated, and the combat power of military officers was reduced to mediocrity. Caught between the internal problems and external crisis, this empire was then about to collapse.

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