The Confusions of Pleasure: Commerce and Culture in Ming China

By: Timothy Brook

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The Ming dynasty was the last great Chinese dynasty before the Manchu conquest in 1644. During that time, China, not Europe, was the center of the world: the European voyages of exploration were searching not just for new lands but also for new trade routes to the Far East. In this book, Timothy Brook eloquently narrates the changing landscape of life over the three centuries of the Ming (1368-1644), when China was transformed from a closely administered agrarian realm into a place of commercial profits and intense competition for status.
"The Confusions of Pleasure" marks a significant departure from the conventional ways in which Chinese history has been written. Rather than recounting the Ming dynasty in a series of political events and philosophical achievements, it narrates this "longue duree" in terms of the habits and strains of everyday life. Peppered with stories of real people and their negotiations of a rapidly changing world, this book provides a new way of seeing the Ming dynasty that not only contributes to the scholarly understanding of the period but also provides an entertaining and accessible introduction to Chinese history for anyone.

Title: The Confusions of Pleasure: Commerce and Culture in Ming China

Author Name: Timothy Brook

Categories: World History (Asia) - hc,

Publisher: University of California Press: May 1998

ISBN Number: 0520210913

ISBN Number 13: 9780520210912

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 16843