Civil Examinations and Meritocracy in Late Imperial China: An Interview

Ben Elman’s new book explores the civil examination process and the history of state exam curricula in late imperial China. Elman’s work is a careful, deeply researched, and elegantly written account of the Ming and Qing exam systems, it’s a great book to teach with, and you can listen to our conversation about it here.

(For a list of previous interviews on NBEAS, click me.)