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

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 25, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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A remarkable re-creation of the life of K'ang-hsi, emperor of the Manchu dynasty from 1661-1772, assembled from documents that survived his reign. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index.

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User Review  - William345 - LibraryThing

An fascinating window on Imperial Qing China in the words of Emperor K'ang-Hsi (reigned 1661-1722). I've never read anything like it. To think that author Spence created this "memoir" by assembling ... Read full review

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User Review  - antiquary - LibraryThing

One of my favorite books about China, though from other reading I suspect Spence's selection from K'ang Hsi's writings makes him out to be more genial and rational than he actually was. Still, it is a wonderfully vivid expression of what being a Manchu emperor was actually like from the inside. Read full review

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Jonathan D. Spence’s 11 books on Chinese history include The Gate of Heavenly PeaceTreason by the Book, and The Death of Woman Wang. He has been awarded Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowships and is professor emeritus of history at Yale University.

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