Confusions of Pleasure Commerce and Culture in Ming China

ISBN-10: 0520221540

ISBN-13: 9780520221543

Edition: 1999

Authors: Timothy Brook

List price: $29.95 Buy it from $17.86
eBook available
30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee

If an item you ordered from TextbookRush does not meet your expectations due to an error on our part, simply fill out a return request and then return it by mail within 30 days of ordering it for a full refund of item cost.

Learn more about our returns policy


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 Pleasuremarks 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 thislongue dureacute;ein 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.
New Starting from $31.55
eBooks Starting from $29.95
Buy eBooks
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!
Study Briefs

Limited time offer: Get the first one free! (?)

All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.

Add to cart
Study Briefs
Periodic Table Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
Business Ethics Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
Business Law Online content $4.95 $1.99
Customers also bought

Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 345
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Timothy Brook is Professor of History and Republic of China Chair at the University of British Columbia.

List of Illustrations
A Ming Chronology
A Genealogy of Ming Emperors
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Seasons of the Ming (1609)
Dramatis Personae
Winter: The First Century (1368-1450)
A Brick in the Wall
The Burden of Communication
Ideas into Texts
Economy and Exchange
The Distance between Rich and Poor
Spring: The Middle Century (1450-1550)
The Center Recedes
State and Market
Commerce and Culture
The Zhengde Decay
Summer: The Last Century (1550-1644)
The God of Copper Cash
Travels and Letters
Consumption and Production
Fall: The Lord of Silver (1642-1644)
The Fall of the Ming
Last Glimpses
Glossary and Index
Free shipping on orders over $35*

*A minimum purchase of $35 is required. Shipping is provided via FedEx SmartPost® and FedEx Express Saver®. Average delivery time is 1 – 5 business days, but is not guaranteed in that timeframe. Also allow 1 - 2 days for processing. Free shipping is eligible only in the continental United States and excludes Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. FedEx service marks used by permission."Marketplace" orders are not eligible for free or discounted shipping.

Learn more about the TextbookRush Marketplace.