Perpetual Happiness: The Ming Emperor Yongle

Paperback | February 1, 2002

byShih-shan Henry Tsai

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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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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.

Shih-shan Henry Tsai is professor of history and director of Asian studies at the University of Arkansas. He is the author of four books, including Eunuchs in the Ming Dynasty.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:286 pages, 1 × 1 × 0.68 inPublished:February 1, 2002Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295981245

ISBN - 13:9780295981246

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List of MapsAcknowlegmentsPrefaceA Day in the Life of Yongle's Court: February 23, 1423The Formative Years, 1360-1382The Years of Waiting, 1382-1398The Years of Successional Struggle, 1398-1402The Years of Reconstruction: Goverment and Politics, 1402-1420The Years of Rehabilitation: Society and Economy, 1402-1421The Emperor of CultureYongle and the MongolsThe Price of GloryEpilogueAppendix: The Children of Emperor HongwuNotesGlossary of Chinese CharactersBibliographyIndex

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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. Perpetual Happiness offers not only a view of a usurper who ushered in a cosmopolitan era in the Ming dynasty but also a description of the empire—-its government, its economy, and its relations with foreigners. Tsai's biography yields perspective on the life and times of the most renowned of the Ming emperors, with considerable attention devoted to the country he sought to shape. - Morris Rossabi