Ming Taizu and His Times

Proceedings of the International Conference on Ming Taizu and His Times is a bound, photocopied volume compiled by Chu Hong-lam, then at Centre for Chinese History, Department of History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2006.

Geiss Foundation also contributed towards “Ming Taizu and His Times”, an international conference on the history of 14th and early 15th-century China, held at Chinese University of Hong Kong in March 2006.  This conference examined the personality and career of Zhu Yuanzhang, founder of the Ming dynasty, posthumously known as Ming Taizu.  Many political and social institutions as well as governmental practices introduced during his reign influenced the five remaining centuries of imperial China. Papers presented by Yuan and Ming historians from China, England, France, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and the United States were edited into a bilingual volume of 31 thematically related articles.

Proceedings of the International Conference on Ming Taizu and His Times

Proceedings of the International Conference on Ming Taizu and His Times

Ming Taizu’s Ideas on Statecraft and Their Implementation 明太祖的治國理念及其實踐

Ming Taizu’s Ideas on Statecraft and Their Implementation 明太祖的治國理念及其實踐

Ming Taizu’s Ideas on Statecraft and Their Implementation (Ming Taizu de zhiguo linian jiqi shijian 明太祖的治國理念及其實賤), Chu Hong-lam, editor, published by the Chinese University Press, 2010.

Organized by Professor Chu Hung-lam and held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the conference “Ming Taizu and His Times” examined Zhu Yuanzhang (1328-1398), the man who founded the Ming dynasty, and his world.

From March 28 to March 30, 2006, more than thirty scholars from Great Britain, China, France, Hong Kong, Korea, , and Singapore, Taiwan, and USA explored various aspects of Zhu Yuanzhang, from family relations, local society, and international relations to legal institutions, intellectual history, and economic conditions.

Professor Chu Hung-lam selected eleven of the original conference papers for inclusion in one of the most substantial collections of essays on the Ming founder in recent memory.  Entitled Ming Taizu’s Ideas on Statecraft and Their Implementation (明太祖的治國理念及其實踐) and published by the Chinese University Press (2010), the conference volume contains essays of consistently high scholarship that offer new interpretations on the Ming founder, the challenges he faced, the resources he drew upon, and his successes and failures in meeting those difficulties.  As Professor Chu observes in his introduction, the collection as a whole opens ways to reconsider Zhu Yuanzhang.