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A Tale of Two Melons: Emperor And Subject in Ming China Paperback – September 30, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0872208247 ISBN-10: 0872208249

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  • Paperback: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Pub Co (September 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872208249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872208247
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Schneewind offers sharp insights into the structure and daily workings of premodern Chinese society and government. . . ." -- (Joanna Waley-Cohen, New York University)

"Schneewind's marvelous little book is . . . a primer in some key aspects of China's traditional civilization and history. . . ." --(John Dardess, University of Kansas)

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Sarah Schneewind is Assistant Professor of History, University of California at San Diego.

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Sarah Schneewind founded the little-known field of melonology (guaxue) and is happy whenever someone new gets interested in Ming.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ving on September 12, 2007
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This terrific short volume focuses on a trivial incident recorded in Chinese imperial records--the delivery of an auspicious melon plant to the founder of the Ming dynasty. Sarah Schneewind scrutinizes the various tellings and retellings of this story and uses it to shed light on the politics and ideologies of the era. The tale of the two melons proves to be a an excellent vehicle for examining conflicts between the the new emperor and his mandarin advisors, and the relationship between imperial center and the provinces. In the course of her examination, Schneewind explicates classical ideas about the mandate of heaven and the Confucian social order, making it an excellent entry for a novice into pre-modern Chinese history. The book unfolds artfully; each chapter provides a new lens for understanding the tale. Schneewind transforms a footnote into a thoughtful historical reflection.
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By Emily S on July 23, 2013
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I ordered this book on the 17th and I received it today (23rd)! There is nothing I dislike about it, there's the normal bent pages indicating it has been used. Buying it from this user has also saved me money! I would recommend this seller!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Bednarski on September 9, 2012
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Had to purchase this book a couple of semesters ago (2yrs ago??). Remember that it was a quick read and there was a "moral" to the story. the class was Chinese Renaissance so this fit perfectly. I did enjoy the book.
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