By Ying Zhang

During the Ming-Qing transition (roughly from the 1570s to the 1680s), literati-officials in China hired public kinds of writing, paintings, and social spectacle to give confident ethical photos of themselves and adverse photographs in their opponents. the increase of print tradition, the dynastic switch, and the proliferating techniques to Confucian ethical cultivation jointly gave form to this new political tradition. Confucian snapshot Politics considers the ethical photos of officials�as fathers, sons, husbands, and friends�circulated in various media in and out the court docket. It exhibits how energy negotiations came about via individuals� invocations of Confucian moral beliefs in political assaults, self-expression, self-defense, dialogue of politically delicate matters, and literati neighborhood rebuilding after the dynastic switch. this primary book-length research of early sleek chinese language politics from the point of view of severe men�s historical past indicates how images�the Donglin legitimate, the Fushe student, the turncoat figure�were created, circulated, and contested to serve political purposes.

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