Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. The Ming dynasty , a period of commercial expansion and cultural innovation, fashioned the relationship between state and society in Chinese history. This unique collection of reworked and heavily illustrated essays, by one of the leading scholars of Chinese history, re-examines this relationship.
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This volume examines the relations between popular culture production and export and the state in East and Southeast Asia including the urban centres and middle-classes of Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Thailand, and the Philippines. It addresses the shift in official thinking toward the role of popular culture in the political life of states brought about by the massive circulation of cultural commodities and the possibilities for attaining "soft power". In contrast to earlier studies, this volume pays particular attention to the role of states and cross-state cultural interactions in these processes. It is the first major attempt to look at these issues comparatively and to provide an important corrective to the limitations of existing scholarship on popular culture in Asia that have usually neglected its political aspects. As part of this move, the essays in this volume suggest a widening of disciplinary perspectives. Hitherto, the preponderance of relevant studies has been in cultural and media fields, anthropology or history.
State and society
The Chinese State in Ming Society is a history book which investigates the role of the state in China in the Ming dynasty from to in the late Imperial Chinese era ; the interface between the state and society , and the effect of the state on ordinary people. The book is written by Timothy Brook , a distinguished  Canadian historian who specializes in the study of China Sinology. The Chinese State in Ming Society is set in the Ming dynasty, an era in which there was much " commercial expansion and cultural innovation ". The book consists of a reworking of eight "heavily illustrated" essays which Brook has written and published separately over the years, and is divided into four main sections parts I to IV with two of these essays to each part of the book. Brook argues that the model of despotic government fails to account for the complex interactions between individuals, groups, communities, society and state in this period.
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