Local Administration in Ming China: The Changing Roles of Magistrates, Prefects, and Provincial Officials
By Thomas G. Nimick
University of Minnesota, 2008
The most detailed account of local Ming government available in English, Local Administration in Ming China traces the origins and evolution of the lowest level of administrative offices over the course of the dynasty. It starts with the Ming founder’s experiments with using members of the local elite to collect taxes and goes on to the increased reliance on magistrates and prefects sent out from the center. The story concludes with the fiscal problems at the end of the dynasty.