Emperor of China: Self Portrait of Kʻang Hsi

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Knopf, 1974 - Biography & Autobiography - 217 pages
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Review: Emperor of China: Self-Portrait of K'ang-Hsi

User Review  - The Uprightman - Goodreads

Through fastidious research, Spence draws together the life of China's longest reigning emperor. This work (introduction aside) could easily be regarded as translation rather than historical ... Read full review

Review: Emperor of China: Self-Portrait of K'ang-Hsi

User Review  - Greg - Goodreads

This book, a memoir constructed and arranged by primary sources, but by Jonathan Spence 360 years or so after his subject's death, is a piece of highly original and interesting scholarship. Spence's ... Read full review


Acknowledgments ix
Ruling 25
Appendix B The Final Valedictory Edict 167

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About the author (1974)

Jonathan D. Spence was born in England and received his B.A. from Cambridge University. In 1966 he received his Ph.D. from Yale University and has been a professor of Chinese history there since that time. Spence has won a variety of major fellowships and has served as visiting professor at Belfast's Queens University, Princeton University, and Beijing University. He employs a distinctive writing and historical style, weaving together various kinds of materials to fashion new forms of historical narrative. The best examples of his unique style are The Death of Woman Wang (1979) and The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci. In his works, Spence provides a uniquely accessible vision of late imperial China. His writings have won numerous awards and prizes. The Gate of Heavenly Peace (1982) won two awards---the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Henry D. Vursell Memorial Award of the American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters.

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