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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


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
  • Neo-Confucian bureaucrats pushed for agrarian-centered based society
  • Incredible advances in sciences and arts
  • 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



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