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Emperor of China; self portrait of Kʻang Hsi,

Author: Kangxi, Emperor of China; Jonathan D Spence
Publisher: New York, Knopf; [distributed by Random House] 1974.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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A remarkable re-creation of the life of K'ang-hsi, emperor of the Manchu dynasty from 1661-1722, assembled from documents that survived his reign.
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Kangxi, Emperor of China, 1654-1722.
Emperor of China.
New York, Knopf; [distributed by Random House] 1974
(OCoLC)575381566
Online version:
Kangxi, Emperor of China, 1654-1722.
Emperor of China.
New York, Knopf; [distributed by Random House] 1974
(OCoLC)606358451
Named Person: Kangxi, Emperor of China; Kangxi, Emperor of China
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kangxi, Emperor of China; Jonathan D Spence
ISBN: 0394488350 9780394488356
OCLC Number: 805015
Description: xxv, 217, [1], viii pages illustrations 22 cm
Contents: K'ang-hsi's reign --
In motion --
Ruling --
Thinking --
Growing old --
Sons --
Valedictory --
Appendix A : Seventeen letters to Ku Wen-hsing, Chief Eunuch, Spring 1697 --
Appendix B : The "Final" valedictory edict.
Responsibility: by Jonathan D. Spence.

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A remarkable re-creation of the life of K'ang-hsi, emperor of the Manchu dynasty from 1661-1722, assembled from documents that survived his reign.

The Emperor K'ang-hsi, who speaks through these pages, was one of the greatest rulers in all of China's three-thousand year history, a man easily as powerful and significant as his two contemporaries Peter the Great and Louis XIV. His long reign spanned more than sixty years, from 1661 to 1722, and when he died he left a flourishing and stable kingdom more vast than any other on earth. Yet the man himself has remained unknown: like all the emperors of China, K'ang-hsi lived out his days sealed behind screens of protocol - remote, exalted, his true nature an enigma . . . Emperor of China is the inspired outgrowth of Spence's close reading of the rich stores of documents that K'ang-hsi left behind him: letters, edicts, commands, pardons, poems. Drawing from this mass only those piercingly alive fragments that bear the unmistakable stamp of K'ang-hsi's character and personality, Spence weaves them together into a brooding narrative that reads almost like a novel. -- Book jacket.

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