The Ming Dynasty ranking of greatest impact By Lucie DiLorenzo

In this Spark Page, the contributions of the Ming dynasty will be ranked due to their importance. This will be shown through the PERSIA format, meaning politics, economics, religion, social, intellectual and artistic. The ranking goes...

  1. Artistic
  2. Religion
  3. Economy
  4. Intellectual
  5. Politics
  6. Social
This is showing the Forbidden City that can be located in the heart of Beijing, China.

1. Politics

The most important contribution of the Ming Dynasty has to be the artistic ones. This includes their addition to the Great Wall of China, where they extended it a couple of thousands of miles. The creation of the flag ship, and their several voyages the Indian ocean that took hundreds of thousands of men. Also, what cannot be forgotten was the pottery of this time, where there are some images below. The beautiful porcelain of the Ming dynasty was important because it keeps the legacies going and everyday is reminding people of the Ming dynasty. One more artistic achievement was the Forbidden City as shown in the image above. The ancient emperors of the Ming and later on the Qing dynasties would hold meetings here for all of the important people who contributed in the leading of ancient China, which lead to its great importance.

“The Great Wall was almost completely rebuilt by the Ming Dynasty. The tall and wide brick walls that are still standing today were built by the Ming.” Quote from http://www.ducksters.com/history/china/ming_dynasty.php

These are two example of ancient Chinese pottery done in the Ming dynasty.

2. Religion

The second most important contribution of the Ming dynasties were all the religions that there were. The reason that it was important for the people of the Ming dynasty to be allowed to practice whichever religion they pleased to is that it lead to the wide variety of them in China and led to its unique culture. Below there will be a list of each religion

  • Islam
  • Buddhism
  • Catholic Church
  • Confucianism
  • Daoism
  • Heaven Worship
  • Chinese Folk

"Some people may not recognize it, but the various religions during that time had contributed much to what the Chinese community is today.” Quote from http://totallyhistory.com/ming-dynasty-religion/

3. Economy

The Economy of China during the Ming dynasty made improvements in technology, agriculture, trade, and manufacturing. During the this dynasty the Chinese economy was started to show signs of capitalism, which means more government control. Then that eventually led to the the communism that we see today in modern day China. During the Ming dynasty, there was one of the largest economies ever in history. This was due to the agricultural surplus and their ability to easily trade with their neighbors.

This is showing some ancient Chinese writing that was done in the Ming dynasty.

4. Intellectual

One intellectual aspect of the Ming dynasty was the flourish of printing on paper. The invention of wood block printing. This was when letters or pictures were carved into wood and then dipped into ink and stamped onto paper. It was a much more efficient way of making mass copies than having to hand make the same thing over and over again. The reason that this was such a useful accomplishment of the Ming dynasty because it was able to up the production on documents, meaning that historians had more to look at when studying the Ming dynasty. Without wood block printing, it is possible that we today would not have known as much as we do about this particular dynasty.

"It surpasses all the preceded printing techniques of the previous dynasties. Woodblock carving and wood movable type were enhanced to perfection." Quote from http://totallyhistory.com/ming-dynasty-inventions/

These two images are showing what the wood block printing looked like in ancient China.

5. Politics

The Ming dynasty reintroduced to the Censorate, which were powerful bureaucrats who had direct access to the Emperor, such as the Yongle empire. To break down the Censorate, there were six Ministries and a grand Secretariat. The jobs of the gran Secretariat was to be in charge of the ministries who each had their own job

  • Ministry of Personnel: handled all matters relating to government employees putting them in charge of promotions and assigning each member things to do
  • Ministry of Revenue: did tax collection from the Chinese citizens.
  • Ministry of Rites: planned ceremonies and did religious rituals for them.
  • Ministry of War: was uncharge of the military
  • Ministry of Justice: They were in charge of the law and the legal system.
  • Ministry of Works: constructional projects for the government.

"The six ministries were responsible for different administrative functions of state such as Personnel, Revenue, Rites, War, Justice and Public Works." Quote from http://totallyhistory.com/ming-dynasty-government/

The image on the left is showing the job of the grand secretariat, and the image on the right is showing emperor

6. Social

There were many social classes that were able to be found in China during the Ming dynasty. From this new way of ruling (as explained above) their was an even bigger gap between the lower/middle class and the higher class/royalty.

This picture is capturing the social structure of the ancient Chinese Ming dynasty. It proves that the royalty was praised and treated so much better than the commoners and middle class. So many people worked for the Emperor Zhu Yuanzhan, and all the others that came after him.

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Created with images by USAGI_POST - "facing garden gyeongbok palace cultural property" • Fæ - "Jar (Ping) with the Eight Immortals (Baxian) LACMA 53.41.6a" • Fæ - "Cup Stand (Tuozhan) in the Form of a Lotus Blossom with Sword-Pommel Pattern LACMA M.79.89.4"

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