DEFENDING THE DYNASTIC ORDER AT THE LOCAL LEVEL: CENTRAL-LOCAL RELATIONS AS SEEN IN A LATE-MING MAGISTRATE'S ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW
Author: Yonglin, Jiang
Source: Ming Studies, Number 43, Spring, 2000 , pp. 16-39(24)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:The Ming Dynasty witnessed a restoration of Chinese rule after nearly one century of Mongol conquest. The enterprise of recreating a Chinese world order was initiated by Zhu Yuanzhang (1328–1398), the dynastic founder of the Ming, and his court officials. A large number of law codes were established to guide the reconstruction of Chinese society. Most important, the Da Ming lü (Great Ming Code), the fundamental law of the dynasty, was enacted to set forth the ruling elite's basic value system and to specify social norms for the realm. The Hongwu reign (1368–1398) under Zhu Yuanzhang became the most productive period in Chinese legislative history. The laws that were promulgated by the court represented a collective voice of the central government.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2000-01-01