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Emperor Qianlong: Son of Heaven, Man of the World 1st Edition
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Everything from ritual life, to population growth and domestic politics, to trade, to the tribute system and Qing China in the world, and the British, is discussed in here, along with lots of little stories (good for attention-grabbing in lecture) and exciting new research in the field. For example, there's detailed discussion of the emperor's extensive imperial tours in China, the relationship with his wives, Qing consolidation of borders and border conflicts (including Tibet and Xinjiang), and discussion of Qianlong's obsession in preserving Manchu ways of life (clothing, language, hunting, martial skills, etc). There's also a great map for teaching Qing China borders (not that different from the current Chinese borders, minus Mongolia and Taiwan) with a map of the US overlaying it. Visually, one can see that the two countries are approximately the same size. Fascinating stuff to use for lecture!
By far the most moving aspect of the book was the portrayal of the emperor's personal life, such as his lifelong grief over the death of his first wife, or his doting on his last daughter. It shows yet again that these people were indeed people with loves and losses of their own.
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I Enjoyed my class because of this excellently written book.Published 1 month ago by Oscar Portillo
Book about a Chinese emperor who was not Chinese. A good look at how Qing rulers attempted to maintain their Manchu identity while embracing the Chinese ideology.Published on March 11, 2013 by gade04
A great resource on both the Qing Dynasty and a lesser-known but fascinating political figure in Chinese history. Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by Tax