xxxxxFollowing the overthrow of the Ming dynasty in 1644 (C1), the first great emperor of the Manchu dynasty was K’ang-
xxxxxAs we have seen, it was in 1644 (C1) that the Ming dynasty finally came to an end -
xxxxxIts first great emperor, if not its greatest, was K'ang-
xxxxxThe title he assumed, K’ang-
xxxxxThe emperor's sound grasp of economic needs also paid dividends internally. Earlier he had put in hand work to stop the repeated flooding of the Huang Ho River. By 1683 this vital waterway had been dredged and its banks fortified. At the same time he made vital repairs to the Grand Canal which linked the Huang Ho with the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, and thus made possible the smooth passage of rice from its production in the south to the heavily populated areas of the north.
xxxxxAnd it was to the North that K'ang-
xxxxxIn the field of arts and craft, it is the production of Chinese porcelain for which the reign of K'ang-