Return to Dragon Mountain: Memories of a Late Ming Man

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Penguin, Sep 20, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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“Splendid . . . One could not imagine a better subject than Zhan Dai for Spence.” (The New Republic)

Celebrated China scholar Jonathan Spence vividly brings to life seventeenth-century China through this biography of Zhang Dai, recognized as one of the finest historians and essayists of the Ming dynasty. Born in 1597, Zhang Dai was forty-seven when the Ming dynasty, after more than two hundred years of rule, was overthrown by the Manchu invasion of 1644. Having lost his fortune and way of life, Zhang Dai fled to the countryside and spent his final forty years recounting the time of creativity and renaissance during Ming rule before the violent upheaval of its collapse. This absorbing tale of Zhang Dai’s life illuminates the transformation of a culture and reveals how China’s history affects its place in the world today.
 

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Sometimes I learn more about history by reading about what people from a different place and time ate for breakfast or what their summer homes looked like. This is one of those books that concentrates ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER ONE CIRCLES OF PLEASURE
CHAPTER TWO CHARTING THE
CHAPTER THREE ON HOME GROUND
CHAPTER FOUR THE WORLD BEYOND
CHAPTER FIVE LEVELS OF SERVICE
CHAPTER SIX OVER THE EDGE
CHAPTER EIGHT LIVING THE FALL
CHAPTER NINE RECLAIMING THE PAST
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Jonathan Spence's eleven books on Chinese history include The Gate of Heavenly Peace, Treason by the Book, and The Death of Woman Wang. His awards include a Guggenheim and a MacArthur Fellowship. He teaches at Yale University.

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