Jonathan Spence, 7 August 1986
Show More The Great Enterprise: The Manchu Reconstruction of Imperial Order in 17th-Century China by Frederic Wakeman.
California, 736 pp., £63.75, January 1986, 0 520 04804 0Show More
“... inherited the mandate of heaven by ousting one set of victorious rebels from Beijing. Frederick Wakeman’s massive study is the first attempt in any language to tackle this terrific subject in a fully comprehensive way: that is, to create a narrative analysis that pays due attention to the Ming civil and military bureaucracy, to the rural rebels and the ...”