Perpetual Happiness: The Ming Emperor Yongle

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University of Washington Press, 2001 - 270 pages
A skillful biography of a figure who might be called China's Peter the Great. The son of the founder of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) removed the capital to Beijing, built the Great Wall, finished the Grand Canal, and made the court bureaucracy even more powerful and efficient, all the while encouraging exploration abroad (and putting down rebellion at home). Yongle was the force behind construction of the Forbidden City, home to himself and the 22 later emperors.--Vancouver Sun
 

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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
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4 The Years of Successional Struggle 13981402
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Government and Politics 14021420
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Society and Economy 14021421
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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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