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Forbidden City: The Great Within
     

Forbidden City: The Great Within

by May Holdsworth, Caroline Courtauld, Hu Chui (Photographer), Jonathan D. Spence (Introduction)
 

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This rich blend of history, anecdotal narrative, biographical portraits and illustrations evokes 500 years of imperial China through the story of its palace, the Forbidden City.
It describes the emperor's ceremonial life, the stultifying world of his concubines, eunuchs and palace maids, and the devastating impact of the West in the late 19th century. A new

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This rich blend of history, anecdotal narrative, biographical portraits and illustrations evokes 500 years of imperial China through the story of its palace, the Forbidden City.
It describes the emperor's ceremonial life, the stultifying world of his concubines, eunuchs and palace maids, and the devastating impact of the West in the late 19th century. A new chapter deals with the treasures and paintings collected under imperial patronage—their dramatic dispersal, painstaking recovery and restoration—and ends in the triumphant establishment of the Palace Museum.
Introduction by pre-eminent China scholar Jonathan Spence; explains the rich history of the home of the Chinese emperor; draws on previously inaccessible information in Beijing; explores the lifestyles behind the Forbidden City's walls; extensive quotes from early days, including views from palace maids and eunuchs; detailed map of the Forbidden City's layout.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789622177925
Publisher:
Airphoto International Ltd.
Publication date:
06/22/2008
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
10.70(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Courtauld is a writer, published photographer, and documentary film producer and researcher. Her publications include books on Burma, Hong Kong and China. Her latest documentary for PBS (USA) Building China Modern, has received wide acclaim. She resides in Hong Kong and Essex, England.

Jonathan D. Spence is Sterling Professor of History at Yale University, where he has taught for thirty years. He has been awarded MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. The Search for Modern China won the Lionel Gelber Award and the Kiriyama Book Prize.

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