BOOK REVIEWS Twichett, Denis and Frederick W. Mote, editors, The Cambridge History of China, Volume Eight: The Ming Dynasty 1368-1644, Part 2 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998) xxvii + 1,203 pp. £80.00/$130.00 ISBN 0 521 24333 5. This is the eleventh and so far the longest volume in the massive Cambridge History of China series. It began in workshops held in the summers of 1979 and 1980 at Princeton University. Happily Princeton, which has served as a home for the whole project since its inception more than thirty years ago, is a center for the study of Ming history. Both of the editors and four of the authors have ties to the Princeton program; only one of the fourteen authors is based outside of North America. Two volumes in the Cambridge History are devoted to the Ming Dynasty. Volume seven, a survey of political history divided by reign periods, appeared in 1988. Volume eight supplements that chronologi- cal treatment with essays on a variety of topics, mostly summarizing what is known in the secondary literature, but in a few cases offering new insights and interpretations that go beyond what is already avail- able in print. The first
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