Perpetual Happiness: The Ming Emperor Yongle

Perpetual Happiness: The Ming Emperor Yongle

Perpetual Happiness The Ming Emperor Yongle A colorful portrait of the greatest of the Ming emperors Builder of the Great Wall Yongle also moved the capital to Beijing and built the Forbidden City completed the Grand Canal strength

  • Title: Perpetual Happiness: The Ming Emperor Yongle
  • Author: Shih-Shan Henry Tsai
  • ISBN: 9780295981246
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Paperback
  • A colorful portrait of the greatest of the Ming emperors Builder of the Great Wall, Yongle 1368 1644 also moved the capital to Beijing and built the Forbidden City, completed the Grand Canal, strengthened the court bureaucracy, and explored the world.

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    An interesting subject, but rather dry, lacking in much insight. The maps were inadequate; an analytical bibliography would have been useful, too. Best as a preparatory treatment.

    This is a well-crafted, very readable introduction to the Ming emperor Yongle, full of both rich factual content and fascinating details that weave together many bits of information you probably already know but perhaps have not yet connected (for example, the relationship many Southeast and East Asian countries had with Yongle and his court that ranged from very good [Korea], to not-so-good [Annam or Vietnam]; how the 8 tones of Chinese music are tied to particular instruments; the difference b [...]

    Fascinating subject and aspects of it covered really well. For someone with a limited knowledge of Chinese geography the maps were a little bare. This meant that it was difficult to link some of the narrative to the maps. I also thought that too many names of officials were mentioned, almost in lists whereas perhaps focussing more on the really key players and influencers would have made it a better read. It is a useful book to build knowledge on a fascinating emperor.

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