Emperor Huizong and Late Northern Song China: The Politics of Culture and the Culture of Politics

Emperor Huizong and Late Northern Song China: The Politics of Culture and the Culture of Politics

by Patricia Buckley Ebrey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674021274

ISBN-13: 9780674021273

Pub. Date: 07/30/2006

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Huizong was an exceptional emperor who lived through momentous times. A man of many talents, he wrote poetry and created his own distinctive calligraphy style; collected paintings, calligraphies, and antiquities on a large scale; promoted Daoism; and involved himself in the training of court artists, the layout of gardens, and reforms of music and medicine. The

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Huizong was an exceptional emperor who lived through momentous times. A man of many talents, he wrote poetry and created his own distinctive calligraphy style; collected paintings, calligraphies, and antiquities on a large scale; promoted Daoism; and involved himself in the training of court artists, the layout of gardens, and reforms of music and medicine. The quarter century when Huizong ruled is just as fascinating. The greatly enlarged scholar-official class had come into its own but was deeply divided by factional strife. The long struggle between the Chinese state and its northern neighbors entered a new phase when Song proved unable to defend itself against the newly emergent Jurchen state of Jin. Huizong and thousands of members of his family and court were taken captive, and the Song dynasty had to recreate itself in the South.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674021273
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
07/30/2006
Series:
Harvard East Asian Monographs Series, #266
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
625
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

Tables, Maps, and Figures

Abbreviations

Chronology

Contributors

Introduction

Part I: Court Politics and Policies

1. Huizong, Cai Jing, and the Politics of Reform
John Chaffee

2. Irredentism as Political Capital: The New Policies and the Annexation of Tibetan Domains in Hehuang (the Qinghai-Gansu Highlands) Under Shenzong and His Sons, 1068–1126
Paul Jakov Smith

3. Terms of Estrangement: Factional Discourse in the Early Huizong Reign, 1100–1104
Ari Daniel Levine

Part II: Imperial Ideology

4. Emperors Can Claim Antiquity Too—Emperorship and Autocracy Under the New Policies
Peter K. Bol

5. Tuning and Numerology in the New Learning School
Tsuyoshi Kojima

Part III: Extending the Imperial Presence

6. Huizong's Stone Inscriptions
Patricia Ebrey

7. Huizong's Impact on Medicine and on Public Health
Asaf Goldschmidt

8. Huizong and the Divine Empyrean Palace Temple-Network
Shin-yi Chao

Part IV: The Emperor and the Arts

9. Huizong's Palace Poems
Ronald Egan

10. Huizong's Dashengyue, a Musical Performance of Emperorship and Officialdom
Joseph S. C. Lam

11. Huizong's Paintings: Art and the Art of Emperorship
Maggie Bickford

Part V: Who's Telling the Story? Rethinking the Sources

12. A Textual History of Cai Jing's Biography in the Songshi
Charles Hartman

13. Crossing Over: Huizong in the Afterglow, or the Deaths of a Troubling Emperor
Stephen H. West

Index

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