Chinese Emperors: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial China

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Thames & Hudson, Jan 1, 2009 - History - 224 pages
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Spanning over 2,000 years, Chronicle of the Chinese Emperors tells the history of China and its 157 rulers from the early empire of 221BC to the revolution, detailing in special features such diverse subjects as the Great Wall of China, the Silk Roads, Buddhism, the Mongols, the Ming Tombs, the Forbidden City and the Opium Wars. The book is illustrated with paintings, sculptures, woodcuts and portraits and maps. In addition, key information such as birthname and cause of death is given on each emperor, and timelines detail the major events of every reign. This is a book to read for pleasure, an essential reference volume for the home, school or library, and a source of discovery and inspiration on a culture that has enthralled people in the West throughout history.

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I can't even begin to count the ways I have found this book useful throughout the last decades or more--when I need general information about a specific emperor, when I am trying to put together a ... Read full review

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User Review  - wildbill - LibraryThing

This book sets out a series of short biographies of all of the Chinese Emperors in chronological order. This provides a useful overview of the history of Imperial China. It provides coverage of those ... Read full review


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Ann Paludan lived in Beijing from 1972 to 1976, and returns there regularly. Her other books include The Imperial Ming Tombs and The Chinese Spirit Road . She lives in England.

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