Ming History English Translation Project

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This is a collaborative project to make available translations (from Chinese to English) of portions of the Mingshi, or the Official History of the Ming Dynasty. The Mingshi was presented to the Qing throne in 1736 and published in 1739. Compiled from materials collected over the course of the Ming (1368-1644) and after, it contains valuable information on Ming government, society, and prominent individuals. We also include a few other related materials. Students and scholars are welcome to use the translations presented here under the terms of the Creative Commons license stated at the top of each translation.

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Society for Ming
                  History Department: Chinese Studies
Last Update: Nov 16 2014 (Added >25 snippets translated by Liu Tsun Yan)