Perpetual Happiness: The Ming Emperor Yongle

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University of Washington Press, 2011 M07 1 - 286 pages

A colorful portrait of the greatest of the Ming emperors. Builder of the Great Wall, Yongle (1368-1644) also moved the capital to Beijing and built the Forbidden City, completed the Grand Canal, strengthened the court bureaucracy, and explored the world.

 

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Contents

February 23 1423
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2 The Formative Years 13601382
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3 The Years of Waiting 13821398
37
4 The Years of Successional Struggle 13981402
57
Government and Politics 14021420
77
Society and Economy 14021421
104
7 The Emperor of Culture
129
8 Yongle and the Mongols
148
9 The Price of Glory
178
10 Epilogue
209
The Children of Emperor Hongwu
215
Notes
217
Glossary of Chinese Characters
237
Bibliography
245
Index
257
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Shih-shan Henry Tsai is professor of history and director of Asian studies at the University of Arkansas. He is the author of four books, including Eunuchs in the Ming Dynasty.

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