Essay about The Ming Dynasty And Its Strengths And Weaknesses

1903 Words Nov 7th, 2016 8 Pages
The Ming dynasty was China’s ruling dynasty, lasting from 1368 to 1644, founded and ruled by Zhu Yuanzhang, the Hongwu emperor and continuously ruled by the other sixteen emperors. Through its history, Ming society changed and developed within its strengths and weaknesses. Ming, with its Chinese definition of “brilliant”, had some brilliant strengths such as the improved irrigation, progress in art such as chinaware, painting, and architecture. But also, it had some weaknesses such as rebellions, monetary issues and cultures of violence. The irrigation system was improved during the Ming dynasty. For example, many canals were built so to help and easify agricultural work. Developing a better environment for farming resulted in increase of farm harvest and reap healthier crops. The increase of the amount of reaping crops leaded to increase in population in Ming society. It becomes one of the base and starting steps for bringing the Mind dynasty’s prosperity. The population grew from 45 million to 150 million from 1400 to 1600. As the empire becomes stabilized, Ming dynasty reached a big advance in expression in art. In the book Masterworks of Ming and Qing Painting from the Forbidden City, it is said that “The reigns of the Hongwu, Yongle and Xuande emperors were relatively strong and well-organized, supported by a strong agricultural base in the south below the Yangtze river, and by a particularly large and efficient merchant fleet (Howard 22).” and during that time…

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