Ming Dynasty

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Ming Dynasty

Introduction: The Ming Dynasty was one of the most important and most glorious ones too, after being followed by the Yuan Dynasty and its collapse and loss of emperor at the year 1368 AD. The Ming Dynasty ruled for 1368-1644 AD. This dynasty is important for the inventions manufunctured. The first and well recognised leader and emperor of the Ming is Zhu Yuanzhang. The Ming is far different to the Qin whereas books were burned down and education levels are limitless to conquer and rule the realm all set up by the selfish Emperor Chin Shi Huang who refuses replacements. There were alot of improvements and inventions created along the way but there was one thing that made this dynasty special amongst the other ones..........Ming Vases.

The Ming Dynasty

What are Ming vases? Ming vases are special and delicate vases created during the Ming Dynasty. These vases are now very rare and rewards come in millions for the uncoverer of one, one Ming chicken pot was even rewarded at an astonishing amount of $36 MILLION now thats alot. Ming vases are white with many designs used mostly in blue like the diagram on the side examples a Ming Vase and is a primary source due to the fact that it was created during the Ming Dynasty.

The Emperor: There were many emperors during the time of the Ming whose names are Zhu Yuanzhang, Zhu Yunwen, Zhu Di, Zhu Gaochi, Zhu Zhanji, Zhu Qizhen, Zhu Qiyu, Zhu Jianshen, Zhu Youtang, Zho Houzhou, Zhu Houcong, Zhu Zaihou, Zhu Yujin, Zhu Changluo, Zhu youxiao and Zhu Yujin. The first and well known emperor is Zhu Yuanzhing who claimed the Mandate of Heaven and established the Ming Dynasty. suprisingly Zhu became an emperor in his childhood and at the age of 16, all but one of his family member died from a plague (the Black Plague) that hit his region and he and his brother were the only survivors. He was then poor and orphanedand asked a monastery to make him a novice. The temple then burned down by a Red Turban rebellion and Zhu decided to join them. They attacked Nanjing and discovered a place, he established the area and started the Ming Dynasty declaring himself as the emperor. Zhu renamed himself Emperor Hongwu when he started to rule. Emperor Hongwu was a kind and strict emperor who expected everyone with lots of education and follow Confucianisms teachings. He also expected everyone to have spare time as well as living happily instead of commiting crimes or else punishments will come their way. Hongwu ruled from 1368-1398 (20 years) before passing out then his grandson Zhu Yunwen replaced him as the new leader after Zhu's death and ruled till he died. The picture down below is a secondary source as it was edited by the looks of it or it was animated

Religion: There were multiple religions during the era and was the arrival of christianity. There were other beliefs such as the teachings of Confucianism, Daoism, taoism and even buddhism. Some people even believed in having a relationship with nature. Islamic writing even began to form during the Ming Dynasty.

key landmarks and inventions: The key landmarks of the Ming Dynasty would as well be the Ming tomb which was made during the time of The Ming Dynasty. There were several inventions and needs created in the Ming Dynasty with them being The Yongle Encyclopedia which covers a wide amount of subjects for example history, astronomy, drama and art, the bristle toothbrush which although was made several years after the fall of the Ming Dynasty, people used sticks and flare edges to brush their teeth, now they have bristle toothbrushes which now almost everyone in the world uses it and the last invention researched is ship rudders which is a great invention which helped steering ships easier and served a guid for sailors in the deep waters.

Interesting facts: The Great Wall of China built by the Qin was almost completely rebuilt by the Ming in different parts. There was a forbidden city which took 15 years and 1 million workers to construct it. The Ming vases coloured blue and white painted porcelain became on of the first global fads. ''The Ming Dynasty defied convention by switching from paper currency to coins''. China was known as a golden age and last ethnic dynasties in chinese history and its history not only were to influence and help China but also overseas of China.

Social Hierarchy: The Ming Dynasty social has evolved upon hundreds of years and were influenced in the thought of confucian. There were four classifications in the society of the Ming and they were Shi which was considered as an elite class, Nong which were peasant farmers, Gong which were the artisans and craftsmen and Shang which were the merchants and traders which only trade and transport the food and goods made by the Nong and Gong class. The Picture down below is secondary due to editing of the white and also look of editing.



Emperor Hongwo

Ming Vase

Rudders on a ship

socia structure

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