Maura Dykstra

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Assistant Professor of History
320 York Street, Room 259, New Haven, CT 06511
Areas of interest : 
Early Modern China; Ming and Qing China; Empire and Governance; Legal, Bureaucratic, Institutional, & Economic History; Municipal Governance; Histories of Information & Administration


HIST 315

State of War: Conflict, Conquest, and Consolidation in Late Imperial China

This course explores the many ways in which the functions of the state are intertwined with, determine, and develop with the making of war in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties. Students explore the manifold concerns of the throne in not only conducting war, but also financing it, consolidating its gains, and handling its political consequences. The role of evolving frontier strategies, ruler-subject relations, administrative institutions, and resource dilemmas will be foregrounded in a history of warfare and its impact on the development of the late imperial state.

Term: Fall 2023
Day/Time: T, Th 11:35 AM - 12:25 PM
HIST 876

Empires of the Ming and Qing

This seminar is an introduction to the logistics, strategy, and rationale of the China’s late empires. Readings on the political economy, organization, and administration of the Ming Empire and former Ming territories later ruled by the Qing will introduce participants to the general considerations of the last two dynasties to rule over the territory now known as China. 

Term: Fall 2023
Day/Time: W 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM