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Author: Lv Shun;
Language: English
Format: Papercover
Page: 239
Publication Date: 08/2008
ISBN: 9787508513898
Publisher: China Intercontinental Press
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This book describes 12 of the most famous emperors in Chinese history. From the perspective of how they ruled, readers can see that, in a great and unified patriarchal society, the feudal monarchs operated in a way approximating a family type political system; the throne was inherited according to the priority of family members; and an emperor and his courtiers jointly formed a governmental system to control the country.

Each of the 12 emperors described in this book, most of them established a dynasty, had made great contributions. They were all-powerful, wielding their power, each in mm, and leaving an indelible impression on Chinese history. Through their experiences, readers will see the earth-shaking dynastic changes and how common people, even a Buddhist monk who went begging, became an emperor. In China, there is a saying, "The times produce their heroes." It was history that brought them their golden opportunities. They were good enough to be regarded as the most outstanding talents and the greatest heroic figures because they had crushed their enemies by winning decisive victories.

The readers may feel that although these 12 emperors represent a small number of the emperors in China, reading this book will undoubtedly help to achieve a greater understanding of Chinese ancient society.
Table of Contents
Chapter One:Qin Shi Huang
Part One:The Historical Background of Qin Shi Huang
Part Two:Qin Shi Huang’S Life Experience and Palace Turmoil
Part Three:Completing the Great Goal of Unification
Part Four:Establishing a System Which Was Passed on for All Time
Part Five:Brutal Control over China,Downfall After Two Generations

Chapter Two:Emperor Gaozu of Han
Part One:The Uprising That Overthrew the Qin Dynasty
Part Two:Coming Back to Pacify Sanqin
Part Three:The Conflict Between Chu and Han
Part Four:Lightening Corv6e and Reducing Taxes

Chapter Three:Emperor Wu of Han
Part One:His Early Years
Part Two:Sole Adherence to Confucianism
Part Three:Governing the Country
Part Four:WfdrwiththeHuns
Part Five:Misfortune Caused by Witchcraft

Chapter Four:Emperor Guangwu of Han
Part One:BOrn in Troubled Times
Part Two:The Battle of Kunyang
Part Three:Quelling a Rebellion in Hebei
Part Four:Resurgence During the Reign of Guangwu

Chapter Five:Emperor Wen of Sui
Part One:Usurping the Power ofNorthern Zhou and Founding the Sui
Part Two:Putting Down Chaos Within the Country
Part Three:Building Systems and Revitalizing the Country
Part Four:Arbitrary Killing and Blind Faith in Buddhism
Part Five:A Mistake in Changing the Crown Prince

Chapter Six:Emperor Taizong of Tang
Part One:Sweeping Across the Country
Part Two:The Mutiny at Xuanwu Gate
Part Three:The Reign ofZhenguan
Part Four:Pacilying China

Chapter Seven:Emperor Wu Zetian
Part One:Emperor Taizong’S Imperial Concubine
Part Two:Empress of Emperor Gaozong of Tang
Part Three:The Mother Dowager of Emperor Ruizong
Part Four:Emperor of Zhou

Chapter Eight:Emperor Taizu of Song
Part One:Being Acclaimed the Emperor
Part Two:Dismissing Generals with a Cup of Wine
Part Three:Putting Down Chaos Within the Country
Part Four:Strategy for State Administration

Chapter Nine:Emperor Shizu of Yuan,
Part One:Administering the Areas South of the Gobi Desert
Part Two:Going on anExpeditiontoDali
Part Three:Being Enthroned as the Great Khan
Part Four:Unilying the Country

Chapter Ten:Emperor Chengzu of Ming
Part One:The Jingnan Rebellion
Part Two:Administering the Coun时
Part Three:A Long Voyage
Part Four:TerritorialExpansion

Chapter Eleven:Emperor Shengzu of Qing
Part One:Displaying His Ability for the First Time
Part Two:Being Diligent in Work and Eager to Learn
Part Three:Putting Down Civil Strife
Part Four:Resisting Foreign Assaults

Chapter Twelve:Emperor Gaozong of Qing
Part One:The August Monarch in a Flourishing Age
Part Two:Efiective Civil Administration
Part Three:Ten Military Achievements
Part Four:HeshenPlayingwithPower
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Preface
Throughout China's long history the life of emperors living in the imperial palace has remained a mystery. How were they able to ascend the throne? What did they do all day, everyday? How were their emotional experiences different from others'? What were their values and how did they behave? There were many concubines - rumored to be more than 3,000 for one emperor alone - what was their life like? These questions have aroused a lot of curiosity among the people of more modem eras. This book intends to help shine a little light on this history by examining several of the most representative figures among these monarchs. This book describes 12 of the most famous emperors in Chinese history. From the perspective of how they ruled, readers can see that, in a great and unified patriarchal society, the feudal monarchs operated in a way approximating a family type political system: the throne was inherited according to the priority of family members; and an emperor and his courtiers jointly formed a governmental system to control the country. In this system, the imperial power was sovereign, and it was regarded as an ideal condition when an august emperor and his sagacious ministers cooperated harmoniously. However. the emperors had continuously arrogated all powers to themselves until they turned into their opposites: this over centralized power resulted in corruption and degeneration within the government at the highest level. leading to collapse of the dynasty eventually. Before a new social structure came into being, in other words, fatalistic emperors seemed to continuously play this scenario out dynasty after dynasty.Each of the 12 emperors described in this book, most of them established a dynasty, had made great contributions. They were all-powerful, wielding their power, each in turn, and leaving an indelible impression on Chinese history. Through their experiences, readers will see the earth-shaking dynastic changes and how common people, even a Buddhist monk who were begging, became an emperor. In China, there is a saying, "The times produce their heroes." It was history that brought them their golden opportunities. They were good enough to be regarded as the most outstanding talents and the greatest heroic figures because they had crushed their enemies by winning decisive victories. Among the emperors discussed in this book some simply built on the achievements of their predecessors while others revived a nation. These emperors were well educated, versatile and outstanding. The full development of economy and culture provided necessary objective bases for them and they were required to play important roles in their time and make glorious achievements.
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