Perpetual Happiness

Overview

Beginning with an hour-by-hour account of one day in Yongle's court, Shih-shan Henry Tsai presents Yongle's life in fascinating detail. Tsai examines the role of birth, education, and tradition in molding the emperor's personality and values, and paints a rich portrait of a man characterized by stark contrasts. Synthesizing primary and secondary source materials, he has crafted a colorful biography.
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Overview

Beginning with an hour-by-hour account of one day in Yongle's court, Shih-shan Henry Tsai presents Yongle's life in fascinating detail. Tsai examines the role of birth, education, and tradition in molding the emperor's personality and values, and paints a rich portrait of a man characterized by stark contrasts. Synthesizing primary and secondary source materials, he has crafted a colorful biography.
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Tsai (history and Asian studies, U. of Arkansas) presents an accessible biographical account of Emperor Yongle, also known as "Perpetual Happiness," who ruled China from 1402-1424. The tone is set with an opening chapter describing one day in the life of Yongle's court. Subsequent chapters analyze Yongle's formative years and his rise to power, and his command and development of a strong, centralized autocracy which continued for more than two centuries. Yongle's positive qualities<-->a tireless energy, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and a vision for China's future<-->are contrasted with his darker side: ruthlessness, brutality, and battles with depression and anxiety. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295981246
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 8/16/2010
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 0.67 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Acknowledgments
Preface
1 A Day in the Life of Yongle's Court: February 23, 1423 3
2 The Formative Years, 1360-1382 20
3 The Years of Waiting, 1382-1398 37
4 The Years of Successional Struggle, 1398-1402 57
5 The Years of Reconstruction: Government and Politics, 1402-1420 77
6 The Years of Rehabilitation: Society and Economy, 1402-1421 104
7 The Emperor of Culture 129
8 Yongle and the Mongols 148
9 The Price of Glory 178
10 Epilogue 209
App The Children of Emperor Hongwu 215
Notes 217
Glossary of Chinese Characters 237
Bibliography 245
Index 257
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