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Defining Yongle: Imperial Art in Early Fifteenth-Century China
     

Defining Yongle: Imperial Art in Early Fifteenth-Century China

by James C. Y. Watt
 

The Yongle Emperor (1403–1424) was considered the most powerful, effective, and extravagant ruler of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Major military campaigns and unprecedented maritime expeditions marked his reign. Yongle is also credited with moving the capital from the south to Beijing, establishing the Forbidden City.
In Beijing, Yongle inherited the

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