Ranking The Ming Dynasties Contributions Using P.E.R.s.i.a

The Ming dynasty excelled most in the political aspects.

The great wall of China

The Ming excelled politically and this is clearly seen by the sheer amount of time this dynasty lasted. They did this in two ways one was their improvement of the great wall to defend from the political danger that the Mongols posed. (www.britannica.com) states that most of what you see of the wall today is due to the Ming. The second way the Ming excelled politically was their system to get rid of corruption. For example, (www.britannica.com) also states "The Censorate (Yushitai), an office designed to investigate official misconduct and corruption, was made a separate organ of the government.” This system allowed for an effective defense against corruption without the influence of other parts in the government. This created a stable empire and demonstrates the Mings skill in politics.

The Ming dynasties second most effective aspect was their art.

Vase from the Ming dynasty

The Ming dynasty was in some ways a golden age for art in China. Within this dynasty painting styles were developed even further and the normal art style was blended with outside influences. This resulted in great pieces of art across the empire. For instance, according to (www.metmuseum.org) "In Ming painting, the traditions of both the Southern Song painting academy and the Yuan (1279–1368) scholar-artist were developed further." This demonstrates the progress of painting and art that occurred under the Ming empire. Along with the obvious importance that art had under this dynasty. Another example of the progress is the blend that art took on in this era. For example (www.metmuseum.org) also states "Early Ming decorative arts inherited the richly eclectic legacy of the Mongol Yuan dynasty, which included both regional Chinese traditions and foreign influences." Overall this all just shows the leaps in Chinese art that were made during this dynasty and why art was important to this dynasty.

The Ming dynasties economic aspects were also greatly improved.

Chinese junk ship similar to the ones from the Ming dynasty

Advances were also made in the economic aspects of the Ming dynasty. This did not affect the empire as much as the top two but was still significant. The largest contribution here was a rise of power within the lowest class of people within the empire. For example, (thegoldenageofchinamingdynasty.weebly.com) states "But during the Ming dynasty, the capitalism helped the Shang which was the lowest class rise and more and more common people took part in businesses." This clearly helped the economy and caused many economic advances during this time. The Ming dynasty also allowed China to see production and agriculture advancements that helped the economy. For instance (totallyhistory.com) "The manufacturing industry became more advanced and was involved in producing different products, compared to the Song Dynasty. Iron was produced at a rate which no previous dynasty was able to achieve." Iron and the amount that it was produced alone show the Ming dynasties economic contributions. Which in the end show how the economy was improved during this dynasty. It did not create as big of an impact but it was still large.

The Ming dynasties social aspects naturally improved along side all of the other top three contributions.

Chinese performance

The social aspects of the Ming dynasty improved naturally with the other improvements that were made. For example, as the artistic side was improved people grew to appreciate it more in China and even create more themselves. The economy however had the greatest impact on the social aspects. As the last section stated more people started to take part in business and this allowed the empire to have more money. As the people had more money they could spend more on their social lives and things they wanted in general this changed how the people lived and the quality of their lives. The Ming dynasty is commonly referred to as a golden age so the social aspects of the peoples lives would clearly improve along with the many other aspects of the empire.

There was also a small increase of the intellectual aspects in the empire.

Although this did not really impact the empire Chinas golden age under the Ming dynasty resulted in an increase of literature and dramas. For instance, (www.britannica.com) wrote "Chinese traditional drama originating in the Song dynasty had been banned by the Mongols but survived underground in the South, and in the Ming era it was restored." This might have contributed to the empire however the effect it had was not important compared to the other aspects that this dynasty had. Yes literature within an empire is important but compared to its economic and political aspects its affect is very small.

Religion is where the Ming least excelled which was due to this aspect actually hurting the Ming.

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