Voices from the Ming-Qing Cataclysm (review)

Voices from the Ming-Qing Cataclysm (review) China Review International: Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall 1994 This collection is recommended to nonspecialists, who will enjoy Spence's lucid and unpedantic style. This does not preclude specialists from its audience, however. On the contrary, they will be stimulated and inspired by Spence's thoughtful comments on a wide range of topics. Lily Xiao Hong Lee University of Sydney Lynn A. Struve, editor and translator. Voices from the Ming-Qing Cataclysm. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992. 303 pp. Beginning with an eyewitness account of the fall of the Ming dynasty capital Beijing to Li Zicheng's rebel forces in 1643 ("A Survivor of Beijing 'Settles His Thoughts'") and ending with a eunuch servant's recollections of the tragic last days of the "Southern Ming" Yongli imperial court in Myanmar (Burma) in 1661 (" 'There Was Only Me': A Boy Eunuch Sees the Bitter End"), Lynn Struve has translated and edited for this book a poignant record of the fall of the Ming dynasty in the middle of the tumultuous seventeenth century. In between the events of 1643 and 1661, Struve includes thirteen other personal accounts of the desperation and heroism that marked the times, which in her brief introduction she describes http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Voices from the Ming-Qing Cataclysm (review)

China Review International, Volume 1 (2) – Mar 30, 1994

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China Review International: Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall 1994 This collection is recommended to nonspecialists, who will enjoy Spence's lucid and unpedantic style. This does not preclude specialists from its audience, however. On the contrary, they will be stimulated and inspired by Spence's thoughtful comments on a wide range of topics. Lily Xiao Hong Lee University of Sydney Lynn A. Struve, editor and translator. Voices from the Ming-Qing Cataclysm. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992. 303 pp. Beginning with an eyewitness account of the fall of the Ming dynasty capital Beijing to Li Zicheng's rebel forces in 1643 ("A Survivor of Beijing 'Settles His Thoughts'") and ending with a eunuch servant's recollections of the tragic last days of the "Southern Ming" Yongli imperial court in Myanmar (Burma) in 1661 (" 'There Was Only Me': A Boy Eunuch Sees the Bitter End"), Lynn Struve has translated and edited for this book a poignant record of the fall of the Ming dynasty in the middle of the tumultuous seventeenth century. In between the events of 1643 and 1661, Struve includes thirteen other personal accounts of the desperation and heroism that marked the times, which in her brief introduction she describes

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