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Ming Dynasty. 1368-1644. Territory it Controlled. Korea to Southeast Asia. Decline of Yuan/Rise of the Ming. Civil war Change of life Repeated natural disasters Massive peasant rebellions. Characteristics of the Ming Dynasty. Last Chinese dynasty Zenith 15 th c.

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ming dynasty

Ming Dynasty

1368-1644

territory it controlled
Territory it Controlled
  • Korea to Southeast Asia
decline of yuan rise of the ming
Decline of Yuan/Rise of the Ming
  • Civil war
  • Change of life
  • Repeated natural disasters
  • Massive peasant rebellions
characteristics of the ming dynasty
Characteristics of the Ming Dynasty
  • Last Chinese dynasty
  • Zenith 15th c.
  • One of China’s most prosperous
  • Strong and complex central government
key people
Key People
  • Zhu Yuanzhang a.k.a.- Hongwu, meaning Vast Military
    • Founder
    • Favored violence
    • Created reforms
    • Wanted to erase Mongol past
    • Maintained a strong military
key people cont d
Key People cont’d
  • Yanglo
    • Pursued aggressive and expansionist policies
    • Continued Hongwu’s policies and moved capital to Beijing
    • Launched expeditions
key people cont d1
Key People cont’d
  • Zheng He
    • Led expeditions to SE Asia, India, and eastern coast of Africa starting in 1405
    • Distributed gifts to show Chinese splendor
    • Last voyages completed in 1433
foreign relations
Foreign Relations
  • Isolationists/Superiority
  • Chinese economic policies-agricultural
  • Only government conducted foreign trade
  • Foreign encroachment multiplied- Japanese pirates, Mongols
foreign relations cont d
Foreign Relations cont’d
  • First Europeans appeared in 1514
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Christian missionaries
society
Society
  • Neo-Confucian bureaucrats pushed for agrarian-centered based society
  • Incredible advances in sciences and arts
economy
Economy
  • Money was a problem from the start
  • Initially paper currency
  • Led to return of copper coins
  • Outlook on merchants/trade
  • Southern China utilized
additional information
Additional Information

Development of the novel

Wood-cut and block- printing

Blue and white porcelain

Encyclopedias

Dictionaries

Great wall

Far ahead of world in naval capabilities at this time

fall of the ming rise of the qing
Fall of the Ming/Rise of the Qing
  • Internal power struggles
  • Groups worked to gain sole power
  • Children placed on the throne
  • Ming accepted Manchu aid