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Wu: The Chinese Empress who schemed, seduced and murdered her way to become a living God by [Jonathan Clements]

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Jonathan Clements is currently a Visiting Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. His books include histories of Beijing and the Silk Road, and biographies of Chairman Mao, Marco Polo and the diplomat Wellington Koo. The Chinese translation of his book on the First Emperor was published in in 2007. He was a consultant and interviewee on the National Geographic documentary Koxinga: A Hero’s Legacy, which drew heavily on his book Pirate King, and has appeared on many other programmes on Chinese and Japanese history for Channel Four, PBS and BBC Yesterday. His most recent works include The Art of War: A New Translation, which revisits Sun Tzu’s military classic, and Modern China: All That Matters, a study of contemporary issues facing the People’s Republic. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Empress Wu (625-705), the only woman in Chinese history to rule in her own name during the golden age of the Tang Dynasty, began her career as a low-ranking concubine in the palace of Emperor Taizong. Here, historian and author Clements (The First Emporer) tells the story of her improbable rise to power and her 30-plus years as Empress. Aside from his subtitle, Clements is even-handed in his depiction. Wu was a feminist who argued for the equality of women, upset the long established Confucian orthodoxy by appointing new bureaucrats according to their merit, and courted the commoners by lowering taxes and developing new farmlands. She also started her own secret police force, had eleven branches of the imperial family exterminated-entirely-during two years of purges, and made her cosmetics-dealing lover a Buddhist priest so that he could proclaim her divinity. Clements' only misstep is in his parade of minor historical characters, introduced every few pages to distracting effect. Otherwise, Clements' skillful narrative leaves it to the reader to decide whether Wu was a tyrant or a dutiful stateswoman maligned by the patriarchs of history; students of Chinese history will find this illuminating and enjoyable. Illustrations.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Publication date : October 14, 2014
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 318 pages
  • Publisher : Albert Bridge Books; 2nd edition (October 14, 2014)
  • File size : 5109 KB
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B00OIVNU4U
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  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bored with the Tudors? Explore the riveting story of Empress Wu, one of the greatest women in history.
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