Long Live the Emperor! Uses of the Ming Founder across Six Centuries of East Asian History (Ming Studies Research, No. 4)

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The founder of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Zhu Yuanzhang, was one of the most colorful rulers in China's long imperial history. His rise from poverty, participation in a millenarian movement, expulsion of the Mongols, unification of the empire, three decades of tumultuous rule, paranoia, and bloody purges are all the stuff of legend. Ever since his death in 1398 popular stories and more formal accounts from across East Asia have sought to make sense of the Ming founder and deploy his memory for a wide range of uses. Long Live the Emperor! brings together twenty essays examining how his stormy career has been interpreted in politics, the arts, outside of China, and in our own time. Sarah Schneewind conceived the idea of surveying the historiographical heritage of the Ming founder and brought together a constellation of specialist, each with a different story to tell.

Contributors to the volume include: Chan Hok-lam, Laurie Dennis, Peter Ditmanson, Anne Gerritsen, Deborah Sommer, Gang Zhao, Harry Miller, Jaret Weisfogel, Jian Yonglin, Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, Seung B. Kye, Par Cassel, John K. Whitmore, Rebecca Nedostup, Q. Edward Wang, Gray Tuttle, and Sarah Schneewind.

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Professor Sarah Schneewind, author of two books on Ming history, teaches at the University of California San Diego.

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