Perpetual happiness: the Ming emperor Yongle

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University of Washington Press, 2001 - History - 270 pages
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A skillful biography of a figure who might be called China's Peter the Great. The son of the founder of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) removed the capital to Beijing, built the Great Wall, finished the Grand Canal, and made the court bureaucracy even more powerful and efficient, all the while encouraging exploration abroad (and putting down rebellion at home). Yongle was the force behind construction of the Forbidden City, home to himself and the 22 later emperors.--Vancouver Sun
  

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Contents

A Day in the Life of Yongle s Court February 231423
3
The Formative Years 13601382
20
The Years of Waiting 13821398
37
The Years of Successional Struggle 13981402
57
The Years of Reconstruction Government and Politics 14021420
77
The Years of Rehabilitation Society and Economy 14021421
104
The Emperor of Culture
129
Yongle and the Mongols
148
The Price of Glory
178
Epilogue
209
The Children of Emperor Hongwu
215
Notes
217
Glossary of Chinese Characters
237
Bibliography
245
Index
257
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Shih-shan Henry Tsai is Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies at the University of Arkansas.

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