The East Asian World• From Ming to Qing -First contacts with the West -Portuguese arrive in 1514 -Christian missionaries in China• Greatness of the Qing -Reign of Kangxi (1661-1772) -Reign of Qianlong (1736-1795) -Qing politics -Dyarchy: shared administrative powers between the Chinese and Manchus
Changing China• The population explosion -role of climatic change and nomads -70 million in 1390; 300 million in 1800• Seeds of industrialization -growth of manufacturing and production -long era of peace brings commerce networks;interstate and international trade• Daily life in Qing China -the family: labor intensive society, cultivation of rice -Emperor Kangxi Sacred Edict: -filial piety and loyalty to family -role of women: legal status to hold property?
Chinese Cultural Developments• Rise of the Chinese novel -major departure in the form of literature -popular in middle class urban areas -The Golden Lotus: an exposé of the decadentaspects of late Ming society• Art of the Ming and Qing -technical perfection and breathtaking quantity -Architecture: Imperial City in Beijing -decorative arts: carved lacquerware/enamelwork
Tokugawa Japan• The Three Great Unifiers -what differences can we find in them?• Opening to the West -expulsion of the Christians -role of Jesuits in Japan?• The Tokugawa “Great Peace” -Daimyo & Samurai -Seeds of Capitalism -land problems in the late Tokugawa period• The Tokugawa village and culture -the role of women: comparisons to Qing China? -literature of the new middle class