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Emperor of China

Emperor of China

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Written by Jonathan D. SpenceAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Jonathan D. Spence

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: October 22, 1988
  • Price: $15.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-679-72074-4 (0-679-72074-X)
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Spence offers a remarkable recreation of the life of K'ang-hsi, emperor of the Manchu dynasty from 1661 to 1772, assembled from contemporary documents. The result is an astonishing self-portrait, unmatched in the historical literature.

"For the first time in publishing history we non-scholars see the Emperor as a living man."--The New York Times Book Review

"This incredibly vivid, modern-sounding personality from a time and place that superficially seem 'hopelessly remote,' is brought to us in an absorbing, beautiful book."--The Wall Street Journal


K'ang-hsi's Reign

1. In Motion

2. Ruling

3. Thinking

4. Growing Old

5. Sons

6. Valedictory

Appendix A: Seventeen Letters to Ku Wen-hsing, Chief Eunuch, Spring 1697

Appendix B: The "Final" Valedictory Edict