Imperial China 900-1800

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Harvard University Press, 2003 - History - 1106 pages
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This is a history of China for the 900-year time span of the late imperial period. A senior scholar of this epoch, F. W. Mote highlights the personal characteristics of the rulers and dynasties and probes the cultural theme of Chinese adaptations to recurrent alien rule. No other work provides a similar synthesis: generational events, personalities, and the spirit of the age combine to yield a comprehensive history of the civilization, not isolated but shaped by its relation to outsiders.

This vast panorama of the civilization of the largest society in human history reveals much about Chinese high and low culture, and the influential role of Confucian philosophical and social ideals. Throughout the Liao Empire, the world of the Song, the Mongol rule, and the early Qing through the Kangxi and Qianlong reigns, culture, ideas, and personalities are richly woven into the fabric of the political order and institutions. This is a monumental work that will stand among the classic accounts of the nature and vibrancy of Chinese civilization before the modern period.

  

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Frederick W. Mote was an eminent American sinologist and in this opus, Imperial China one sees the dedication and love towards the history of China that this man had. Covering nearly a millennium ... Read full review

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Frederick W. Mote was an eminent American sinologist and in this opus, Imperial China one sees the dedication and love towards the history of China that this man had. Covering nearly a millennium ... Read full review

Contents

bd Abaoji 3 1
32
Building the Liao Empire
49
The Liao imperial succession
53
Liao Civilization
72
Creating the Song Dynasty
92
21
110
25
117
The World of Ideas in Northern Song China
119
China under Mongol Rule
474
From Chaos toward a New Chinese Order
517
Zhu Yuanzhang Builds His Ming Dynasty
549
Civil War and Usurpation 13991402
583
The Second Founding of the Ming Dynasty
598
Ming China in the Fifteenth Century
622
The Ming imperial succession
624
The Changing World of the Sixteenth Century
654

Dimensions of Northern Song Life I
150
Origins of the Xi Xia State
168
The Northern Song imperial succession
184
PART
191
The Jin imperial succession
215
The Jurchen State and Its Cultural Policy
222
The Later Xi Xia State
249
Trends of Change under in Alien Rule
265
The Southern Song and Chinese Survival
289
The Southern Song imperial succession
309
Chinese Civilization and the Song Achievement
323
Southern Song LifeA Broader View 3 51
351
A MidThirteenthCentury Overview
375
The Career of the Great Khan Chinggis
403
Chinggis Khans lineage to 1294
415
Forging the Mongol World Empire 12061260
425
Khubilai Khan Becomes Emperor of China
444
Mongol emperors of the Yuan dynasty
468
Ming Chinas Borders
685
Late Ming Political Decline 15671627
723
The Lively Society of the Late Ming
743
The Course of Ming Failure
776
PART FIVE
811
The Qing imperial succession to 1800
822
Coming of Age
841
The Emperor and His Empire
856
The Yongzheng Emperor as Man and Ruler
887
Splendor and Degeneration 17361799
912
Chinas Legacy in a Changing World
949
Conversion Table Pinyin to WadeGiles
975
MAPS
1022
Bibliography
1057
The Five Dynasties 11
1069
Index
1085
Canals in North China in Late Tang 18
1090
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About the author (2003)

F. W. Mote was Professor of Chinese History and Civilization, Emeritus, at Princeton University, author of Intellectual Foundations of China, and coeditor of several volumes of The Cambridge History of China.

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