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Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 C.E.)

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Technology

My people are brilliant in finding ways to better our irrigation. We develop new ways of improving our irrigation systems so that we can increase our agricultural producation, and therefore have more to trade.

Culture

We are extremely proud of our culture. Even though the Mongols ruled over us at one point in time, we no longer want to have anything to do with them. Therefore, our culture strives on its own traditions, names, clothing, and customs. We are so proud that the Yongle Encyclopedia was put together to display our vast amount of history, philosophy, and literature. Also, my people are very proud of their cultural traditions, and choose to embrace them.

Religion

Our religion is baised primarily on Confuscian views. It is more of a way of life than a religion. Our leader wants us to revert back to the original Chinese values concerning everything, including religion.
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Blog

Blog Entry 1 --> Being part of the Ming Dynasty, we are very prouf of our heritage and culture. Therefore, our emperor of 1368 C.E., has decided that we should remove any and all Mongol influences. This means Mongol names and styles of clothing are out. We no longer want to be influenced by those who tried to dominate us. Instead we want to embrace our new culture withour Confucian views, and our own ways of life. My dynasty has started a new age of China, where we embrace ourselves and not the culture that had previously ruled over us.
Blog Entry 2 --> I would definitely have to say, that my dynasty is the best one China as ever seen. Besides our amazing way of upholding our civilization, we are the dynasty that built the Great Wall of China. Ok, so maybe that statement is not entirely true. But it was my dynasty that extended the Great Wall to what we know and love today. It was my people that enlarged it, and added cannons and towers. Basically we made it so the Great Wall serviced our dynasty, and those that followed, better. This work was done during our dynasty's rule from 1368 C.E. to 1644 C.E.
Blog Entry 3 --> Being part of the Ming Dynasty, you cannot fear centralized government. Our rulers knew how they wanted our country to run around 1370 C.E., and nothing could stop them. Our emperor Hongwu is very proud of our dynasty. This is why he re-establishes the Confucian educational and civil service systems, so he will have a constant supply of officals and bureaucrats. Under Hongwu's rule, we have the most tightly centralized government that China has ever seen. In fact, just because one minister was treasonous, our rulers decided that is was necessary to rule directly, therefore expelling all of the chief ministers. Due to this new authority my people and I constantly have to show complete obedience to the central government.

The Wall

I am so glad that my teachings are being brought back to Chinese culture! You have done so many good things for China, not to mention the Great Wall looks amazing! Good Luck! - Confucianism
Hey you! Just wanted to make sure there were no hard feelings between us. We hope you don't feel as if we betrayed you when you counted on us for government and imperial services. Sorry we used concubines to get your emperors to like us...we wanted more influence, you understand. Using the power and position you all gave us to enrich our own lives was maybe a little rude, but we were suppressed and inferior for oh-so-long! I hope our influence wasn't the sole cause of corruption and the weakening of your state...please don't be angry though.
--Eunuchs
Okay!! Whatever you say. Yes we did get beat by the White Huns, but that doesn't mean we weren't a strong nation. We were able to fight off all attacking forces until our decline. So PSSHHHHH yourself! Sorry our nation was smaller than yours, but we did continue the foundation you created. You should be grateful that we actually accepted it instead of ripped it apart. -Manchus
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Bibliography
Bentley, Jerry H., and Ziegler Herbert F.. Traditions & Encounters A Global Perspective on the Past. New York: McGraw Hill, 2006.