Presentation on theme: "The Ming and Qing Dynasties"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Ming and Qing Dynasties PreviewMain Idea / Reading FocusThe Ming DynastyThe Qing DynastyMing and Qing CultureMap: Ming and Qing Dynasties
2 The Ming and Qing Dynasties Main IdeaDuring the Ming and Qing dynasties, China prospered, but the empire entered a period of isolation in response to increasing European contact.Reading FocusHow did the Ming dynasty bring stability, prosperity and isolation to China?How did the Manchus of the Qing dynasty rule China?What cultural developments occurred during the Ming and Qing periods?
3 The Ming Dynasty China under Ming Rule Rebuilding China In 1279 the Mongol leader Kublai Khan conquered China and founded the Yuan dynasty. After his death in 1294, the Yuan dynasty weakened. This weakness, combined with Chinese resentment of Mongol rule, made China ripe for rebellion—and the rise of a new dynasty.1368, peasant named Zhu Yuanzhang, rebel army, overthrew last Mongol emperorZhu took name Hongwu, “vastly martial,” founded Ming dynastyMing means “brilliant”; dynasty lasted nearly 300 years, until 1644China under Ming RuleDuring this time China’s rulers gained control of Korea, Mongolia, parts of Central, Southeast AsiaHaving expelled Mongols, Hongwu worked to rebuild ChinaReduced taxes, improved trade, agriculture, increased stabilityRebuilding ChinaIn addition, Hongwu worked to eliminate Mongol influences and revive traditional Chinese values and practices, like Confucian principles.
4 Values, Traditions Expanded Power To obtain government officials educated in Confucian ideas, Hongwu restored, improved civil service examination systemTo root out corruption, increased influence of censors, officials who monitored governmentExpanded PowerHongwu also greatly expanded power as emperorDid away with positions of some high level officials, took over more control of governmentAs result, Ming emperors more powerful than in previous dynastiesEliminated anyone challenging authority; killed thousands of rivals
5 YongloIn 1398 Hongwu diedFollowing power struggle, son Yonglo became emperorRuled from 1402 until 1424Moved Ming capital to Beijing, in northeast ChinaBuilt vast imperial city at center of BeijingCity complex became known as Forbidden City because most people forbidden from entering
6 Ming Sea Voyages Extending Influence Growing Sea Power Yonglo sponsored overseas voyages to extend China’s influenceBetween 1405 and 1433, Zheng He, Chinese Muslim admiral, led seven voyages around Indian Ocean as far as AfricaSailed with fleets of as many as 300 ships to show China’s powerExtending InfluenceFleets included trading ships, immense treasure shipsZheng He presented gifts from China wherever he went; in return several foreign leaders sent tribute to China’s emperorVoyages demonstrated Ming China’s growing sea powerAfter 1433 voyages endedResources needed for frontier defensesGrowing Sea Power
7 Ming Foreign Relations The policy to end the voyages was part of a move in Ming China toward isolation from the outside world.1500s, move toward isolation gained full forceMing heavily restricted foreign trade and travelForeign merchants allowed to trade only at few ports, during certain timesPolicies impossible to enforce; smugglers carried out brisk trade with foreign merchantsMing Foreign RelationsArrival of European traders, Christian missionaries influenced decision to isolate ChinaEuropeans introduced new goods and ideasMing disliked European influencesSought to preserve Chinese traditionsBeginning of Isolation
8 Outside Influences European Influence European Learning Mongol Threat Some Europeans gained influence in ChinaOne was Matteo Ricci, Italian Jesuit priest; arrived 1583European LearningRicci learned Chinese, adopted customs to gain acceptanceIntroduced European learning in math, scienceMongol ThreatMing also faced renewed Mongol threat to northTo improve defense, Ming restored China’s Great WallGreat WallParts of earlier walls repaired, but most construction newMuch of Great Wall seen today built during Ming period
10 Ming Economy and Society ProsperityMing rule brought prosperity to ChinaImproved methods of irrigation increased farm productionPeasants produced huge rice crops in southern river valleysGrowth of Crops, Population1500s, new crops like corn, sweet potatoes from Americas reached ChinaThese crops further increased farm outputStability, plentiful food led to substantial population growthGrowth of Cities, IndustriesAs population grew, so did citiesIndustries like manufacture of porcelain, silk expanded in response to growing European demandAt same time, China remained mainly agricultural society
11 Ming Decline Reasons for Decline The Manchu Late 1500s, Ming Dynasty began to declineWeak rulers took throne, corruption increased under their ruleDefense efforts drained treasury; rulers raised taxes1600s, high taxes, crop failures led to famine, hardship; rebellions broke outReasons for DeclineMing China weakened; the Manchu, a people to northwest in Manchuria, saw their chance1644, Manchu swept into Beijing, took capitalLast Ming emperor killed himself to avoid captureManchu formed own dynasty; gave it Chinese name—QingThe Manchu
12 What were some of the strengths and weaknesses of the Ming dynasty? AnalyzeWhat were some of the strengths and weaknesses of the Ming dynasty?Answer(s): strengths—increased stability and prosperity; weaknesses—isolation from foreign influence, weak rulers in the late 1500s