More Resources on Great Ming

1. You can search the Ming Veritable Records on line without being able to read Korean.  Just click on Ming Veritable Records, put in your search term, and hit the closest button to the search field.

2. Ming History: An Introductory Guide to Research, by Edward L. Farmer, Romeyn Taylor, and Ann Waltner, with the assistance of Jiang Yonglin.  Link to full downloadable text through the Society for Ming Studies site at the University of British Columbia.

3. Lynn Struve, The Ming-Qing Conflict, 1619-1683: A Historiography and Source Guide, slightly amended and supplemented, is now available here by kind consent of the Association for Asian Studies and Professor Struve.

4. MAHLOV :Ming Articles on History in Less-Obvious Venues.  Mainly  articles on Ming history (with a smattering of other disciplines) not in Asian Studies journals; originally designed to find assignable articles for undergraduate classes.  Tell me about additions at  The PDF here was last updated Sept. 24, 2020. For full coverage join the Zotero bibliography group here (Bruce Rusk is in charge of the group).

5. A number of magistrates’ handbooks and other sources, from Ming and other periods, are available at the Legalizing Space in China Chinese Legal Culture website

6. The Choson Veritable Records are useful for Ming history.  They and other materials on pre-modern Korean history are available through the Gateway to Premodern Korean Studies.   Translations into English are available here.

7. Collected references to institutions from the Veritable Records of the Ming Dynasty, contributed by Zvi Ben-Dor Benite. Word document. 《明实录》典制史料辑引

8. 明代職官中英辭典 a Chinese-English Dictionary of Ming Government Official Titles is available through UC Open Access, here.

9. Videos on Ming-Qing objects from the Minneapolis Institute of Art are available at

10. Leif Littrup, “The un-oppressive state and comparative history: some observations on Ming-Qing local society, ” from La Societe Civile Face a l’État dan les Traditions Chinoise, Japonaise, Coreenne et Vietnamienne, edited by Leon Vandermeersch (Paris: École française d’Extrême-Orient, 1994) (pp. 157-172) is posted here by kind permission of the author and the École française d’Extrême-Orient.  Click here.

11. A Database of Research on the Imjin War. Click here.

12. A collection of temple murals in North China in danger of destruction, called Temple Trash.  Mostly Qing but some Ming.   Suggested by Hannibal Taubes.

13. Partial list of Ming men enshrined while alive and not mentioned in Shrines to Living Men in the Ming Political Cosmos. Click here.

14. A wonderful resource for the Classics and other key works, including some Ming texts, is the Chinese Text Project run by Donald Sturgeon. 

15. For the Vietnamese Veritable Records, the standard edition used is 大越史記全書:校合本 Daietsu shiki zensho: koogoobon edited by Si Lien Ngo and Jinghe Chen.  

16. For a visual representation of the Ming-Qing transition, click here.

17. For an original Wanli edict studied by three students, click here.

18. For a set of Open Access monographs and translations on Great Ming, click here.