In our concluding article, Evelyn S. Rawski masterfully summarizes the trends in recent scholarship on the Ming-Ch'ing period (Rawski uses the pinyin romanization "Ming-Qing" in her title and throughout her article). Her survey shows the steadily widening range of topics in socioeconomic studies of the period, as well as the increasing commonality of research questions among Ming-Ch'ing specialists with historians of other regions within Asia, as well as with those studying other areas of the world. Rawski's article is part of an ongoing project of the Association for Asian Studies' China and Inner Asian Council and marks the eighth such specially commissioned piece to appear in the JAS since 1977. A complete list of the previous state-of-the-field contributions is appended to her article.
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