The Resource The art of being governed : everyday politics in late imperial China, Michael Szonyi

The art of being governed : everyday politics in late imperial China, Michael Szonyi

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The art of being governed : everyday politics in late imperial China
Title
The art of being governed
Title remainder
everyday politics in late imperial China
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Michael Szonyi
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Language
eng
Summary
An innovative look at how families in Ming dynasty China negotiated military and political obligations to the state. How did ordinary people in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) deal with the demands of the state? In The Art of Being Governed, Michael Szonyi explores the myriad ways that families fulfilled their obligations to provide a soldier to the army. The complex strategies they developed to manage their responsibilities suggest a new interpretation of an important period in China's history as well as a broader theory of politics. Using previously untapped sources, including lineage genealogies and internal family documents, Szonyi examines how soldiers and their families living on China's southeast coast minimized the costs and maximized the benefits of meeting government demands for manpower. Families that had to provide a soldier for the army set up elaborate rules to ensure their obligation was fulfilled, and to provide incentives for the soldier not to desert his post. People in the system found ways to gain advantages for themselves and their families. For example, naval officers used the military's protection to engage in the very piracy and smuggling they were supposed to suppress. Szonyi demonstrates through firsthand accounts how subjects of the Ming state operated in a space between defiance and compliance, and how paying attention to this middle ground can help us better understand not only Ming China but also other periods and places
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Szonyi, Michael
Dewey number
951/.026
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DS753.2
LC item number
.S96 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • China
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The art of being governed : everyday politics in late imperial China, Michael Szonyi
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https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/umanitoba/detail.action?docID=5145753
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-290) and index
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online resource
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text
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  • txt
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Contents
Introduction. A Father Loses Three Sons to the Army : Everyday Politics in Ming China -- Part I. In the Village. A Younger Brother Inherits a Windfall : Conscription, Military Service, and Family Strategies -- A Family Reunion Silences a Bully : New Social Relations between Soldiers and Their Kin -- Part II. In the Guard. An Officer in Cahoots with Pirates : Coastal Garrisons and Maritime Smuggling -- An Officer Founds a School : New Social Relations in the Guards -- Part III. In the Military Colony. A Soldier Curses a Clerk : Regulatory Arbitrage Strategies in the Military Colonies -- A Temple with Two Gods : Managing Social Relations between Soldier-Farmers and Local Civilians -- Part IV. After the Ming. A God Becomes an Ancestor : Post-Ming Legacies of the Military System -- Conclusion
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unknown
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1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400888887
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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Electronic reproduction.
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remote
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(NhCcYBP)99979129973
Label
The art of being governed : everyday politics in late imperial China, Michael Szonyi
Link
https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/umanitoba/detail.action?docID=5145753
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-290) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. A Father Loses Three Sons to the Army : Everyday Politics in Ming China -- Part I. In the Village. A Younger Brother Inherits a Windfall : Conscription, Military Service, and Family Strategies -- A Family Reunion Silences a Bully : New Social Relations between Soldiers and Their Kin -- Part II. In the Guard. An Officer in Cahoots with Pirates : Coastal Garrisons and Maritime Smuggling -- An Officer Founds a School : New Social Relations in the Guards -- Part III. In the Military Colony. A Soldier Curses a Clerk : Regulatory Arbitrage Strategies in the Military Colonies -- A Temple with Two Gods : Managing Social Relations between Soldier-Farmers and Local Civilians -- Part IV. After the Ming. A God Becomes an Ancestor : Post-Ming Legacies of the Military System -- Conclusion
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400888887
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(NhCcYBP)99979129973

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