The mongol takeover in the 1270s changed the course of chinese history the confucian empire a millennium and a half in the making was suddenly thrust under foreign occupation what china had been before its reunification as the yuan dynasty in 1279 was no longer what it would be in the future . The troubled empire china in the yuan and ming dynasties is a history book about life and events in china in the yuan and ming dynasties between the mongol invasion of the confucian empire in the 1270s and the invasion by the manchu from the eurasian steppe following extreme cold and drought in the 1630s. Lohan wu bin c 1601national palace museum taipei the troubled empire is the fifth book in the series on the history of imperial china it begins with dragons dragons then as now have a great symbolic importance in china. The troubled empire china in the yuan and ming dynasties review peter bol journal of song yuan studies volume 41 2011 pp 405 410 review. Review of the troubled empire china in the yuan and ming dynasties by timothy brook article begins on next page the harvard community has made this article openly available
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