Chronicle of the Chinese Emperors: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial China


Spanning more than two thousand years, from the first emperor, buried with his terra-cotta army in the third century BC, to Puyi, the four-year-old last emperor, here is the entire history of China told through the stories of its all-powerful rulers.

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Spanning more than two thousand years, from the first emperor, buried with his terra-cotta army in the third century BC, to Puyi, the four-year-old last emperor, here is the entire history of China told through the stories of its all-powerful rulers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500287644
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/6/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 841,029
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Paludan lived in Beijing from 1972 to 1976, and returns there regularly. Her other books include The Imperial Ming Tombs and The Chinese Spirit Road. She lives in England.

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Table of Contents

Preface 6
Introduction 8
Map of Imperial China 10
The Early Empires: 221 BC-AD 220 14
Confusion, Reunification and the Golden Age: AD 220-907 60
Chaos, Diplomacy and Invasion: AD 907-1368 118
Revival and Collapse: AD 1368-1911 158
Select Bibliography 218
Illustration and Text Credits 219
Index 220
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  • Posted December 30, 2009

    Good Light notations on an admittedly very long list of Chinese Emperors.

    Chinese dynastic history has long been considered to be nearly impenetrable even by serious historians who have devoted life long commitments to it. How then, can the average interested passerby, with perhaps just a feeling for ancient China, learn more about it without first having to read enough for a doctoral thesis?

    Well, Chronicle of the Chinese Emperors, is a good place to start. In short, one to two page snippets, in nearly chronological order for the entire 157 emperor list (starting with Qin Shi Huang Di, the first emperor of China, through Pu Yi, the last emperor) the book provides essential details for each as individuals and describes the major events of their respective reigns. It is a simple but generously illustrated guide, providing a good overall sense of perspective for the wide breadth of what was Chinese imperial history. Historically important names, dates and places are noted, which readers can then use to springboard into further personal research should one's interest become piqued.

    Imperial personalities are grouped into chapters according to dynastic period, and illustrated with representative artwork. Each chapter is also accompanied by a visual time line, and imperial names are listed in both English and Chinese text.

    By no means exhaustive, it nonetheless remains an excellent beginning for those that want to sample ancient Chinese imperial history without fear of being overwhelmed by its sheer scope and magnitude.

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