Bandits, Eunuchs, and the Son of Heaven: Rebellion and the Economy of Violence in Mid-Ming China

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Bandits, Eunuchs, and the Son of Heaven On a spring afternoon in 1509 a local bandit found himself in the emperor's private quarters deep within the Forbidden City and in the presence of the Son of Heaven himself. This bizarre meeting was the doing of the eunuch Zhang Zhong, the emperor's personal servant and companion. To understand how this extraordinary meeting came about requires a consideration of the economy of violence during the... Full description

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This title considers the economy of violence during the Ming dynasty. Using primary sources, it recreates in detail a world wear bandits raided the boulevards in and around Beijing. It reveals how illicit armed violence formed a critical facet of late-imperial Chinese history.

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