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The Military Collapse of China's Ming Dynasty, 1618-44

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Introduction 1. A Gauntlet is Cast Down: The Rise of the Latter Jin, 1618-1621 2. Changing Tides: From Defeat to Stability in the Northeast, 1622-1626 3. Pursuing a Forward Strategy: Yuan Chonghuan's Rise & Fall, 1626-1630 4. Dashing Defiers and Dastardly Defenders: The Peasant Rebels Gain Strength & the Northeastern Front Weakens, 1630-1636 5. Miscasting a Ten Sided Net: Yang Sichang Ascendant, 1636-1641 6. Hanging by a Silken Thread: The Ming Armies Collapse, 1641-1643 7. Chongzhen's lament: My Ministers Have Abandoned Me! (Winter-Spring 1644) 8. The Fall of the Ming in Global Perspective

About the Author

Kenneth M. Swope is Professor of History and Fellow of The Center for the Study of War and Society at the University of Southern Mississippi, USA. He specializes in the military, political, and social history of Ming China, and he also conducts research in comparative early modern military history, and in East Asian international relations. His books include Warfare in China Since 1600 (2005); and A Dragon's Head and a Serpent's Tail: Ming China and the First Great East Asian War, 1592-1600 (2009).


"[T]he first systematic study of the fall of the Ming Dynasty from a military perspective...required reading for historians of the Ming and Qing. Military historians in general will find the book engaging as well. Summing Up: Highly recommended." - J Li, Columbia University, CHOICE "This is a must-read book for anyone interested in the as yet under-researched military collapse of the Ming dynasty ... never has this subject enjoyed as thorough and thoughtful a study as in Kenneth Swope's landmark book ... It would be a misdirected effort to seek a single cause leading to the fall of the Ming dynasty, as Swope well knows, and reminding the reader of the intricate web of international connections is a necessary caveat. Still, while the military side is but one side of the whole story, it remains critical to a full historical assessment of the Ming demise." - Nicola Di Cosmo, The Journal of Military History "Swope's analysis is an important contribution that highlights the various reasons for the military collapse of the Ming state. Using many archival sources he provides a fascinating synopsis of the complex events including detailed accounts of military operations, careful analysis of strategic-tactical concepts and portraits of the involved actors and their relations among each other. The book is informative and exciting and will not only attract Ming and military historians but also those who are interested in the rise and fall of the great powers." - Kai Filipiak, The Journal of Asian History

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