Emperor of China by Jonathan D. Spence
Self-Portrait of K'ang-Hsi (Vintage)

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A remarkable re-creation of the life of K'ang-hsi, emperor of the Manchu dynasty from 1661-1772, assembled from documents that survived his reign. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index.

About Jonathan D. Spence

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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.
Published July 25, 2012 by Vintage. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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How many white-haired emperors have there been in the past?

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perhaps alternative interpretations of the words and deeds of the Emperor could have shown him in a different light but we can rely on Spence's evident scholarly ability and distinguished list of other books and other publications that his presentation is viable and among the best available.

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