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Dragon Throne: China's Emperors from the Qin to the Manchu

Dragon Throne: China's Emperors from the Qin to the Manchu

Author: Jonathan Fenby
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They were the most powerful rulers on earth. The mighty Qin Shi Huangdu (r. 221-210 BC), who began the construction of the Great Wall. The long-lived Han emperor Wudi (r. 141-87 BC), who developed China as a centralized Confucian state. The soldier-scholar Yongle (r. 1402-24 AD), who raised the Ming dynasty to its military peak. The dowager empress Cixi (r. 1861-1908 AD), who rose from humble Manchu origins to rule over all China. In The Dragon Throne, Jonathan Fenby tells the extraordinary story of imperial China through its 157 emperors, from Qin Shi Huangdu, who crushed his rivals to take supreme power as the first emperor in 221 BC, until the final collapse of the faltering Manchu dynasty amidst the revolutionary chaos of the early twentieth century. The final emperor, the infant Puyi (r. 1908-12) ended his days as an assistant gardener in the very palace where he had been enthroned.

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Jonathan Fenby is a former editor of the Observer newspaper. He is the author of books on Europe and Asia and of many articles on both continents. His survey of contemporary France, On the Brink, was universally hailed by critics.

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General Fields

  • : 9781784290733
  • : Quercus Publishing
  • : Quercus Publishing
  • : July 2015
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jonathan Fenby
  • : 304
  • : 304
  • : Paperback
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 8pp colour plate section
  • : 1
  • : 8pp colour plate section
  • : 951
  • : 951