China's First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors / Edition 1

China's First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors / Edition 1

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by Frances Wood
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312381123

ISBN-13: 9780312381127

Pub. Date: 06/10/2008

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Unifier or destroyer, law-maker or tyrant? China’s First Emperor (258-210 BC) has been the subject of debate for over 2,000 years. He gave us the name by which China is known in the West and, by his unification or elimination of six states, he created imperial China. He stressed the rule of law but suppressed all opposition, burning books and burying scholars

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Unifier or destroyer, law-maker or tyrant? China’s First Emperor (258-210 BC) has been the subject of debate for over 2,000 years. He gave us the name by which China is known in the West and, by his unification or elimination of six states, he created imperial China. He stressed the rule of law but suppressed all opposition, burning books and burying scholars alive. His military achievements are reflected in the astonishing terracotta soldiers—a veritable buried army—that surround his tomb, and his Great Wall still fascinates the world.

Despite his achievements, however, the First Emperor has been vilified since his death. This book describes his life and times and reflects the historical arguments over the real founder of China and one of the most important men in Chinese history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312381127
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/10/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction Elephants, Steamed Duck and Warring States 1

1 The Heart of a Tiger or Wolf 20

2 The Grand Scribe's Records and the Place of the Sleeping Tiger 35

3 The Cunning Councillor 40

4 Cowboys and Indians or Confucianism and Legalism 46

5 The Height of Legal Responsibility 57

6 This Species of Fortification: The Great Wall 68

7 The Burning of the Books 78

8 Making Everything the Same 89

9 The Supreme Forest and the Hall of 10,000 Guests 100

10 The Drugs of Immortality 115

11 Seas of Mercury, Pearl Stars and an Army of 8,000 Men 123

12 The First Emperor and the Great Helmsman 141

Notes 160

Chronology 189

Index 191

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China's First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though the writing was a little dry, the historical details were excellent. I had visited Xi'an and wanted more indepth information as well as archaeological evidence of facts. Ms. Wood does a great job in dispelling myths and incorrect information commonly written and promoted by historians and the Chinese government.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago