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Emperor Huizong and Late Northern Song China: The Politics of Culture and the Culture of Politics (Harvard East Asian Monographs) Hardcover – 5 Dec 2006

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  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; First Edition edition (5 Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674021274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674021273
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,919,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Huizong, the next-to-last emperor of the Northern Song, is one of the most interesting and least understood figures of the Song period. Patricia Ebrey's gripping account of the fall of the Northern Song, which opens the introduction to this book, begins to show us why...The image of Huizong that emerges from this volume is both remarkably consistent and strikingly different from the image portrayed in the conventional histories. In place of the superficial aesthete manipulated by his ministers, Huizong appears here as a talented and ambitious ruler for whom politics, art, religion, and public policy were all aspects of a seamless vision of perfect imperial influence.--Beverly Bossler"etudes chinoises" (01/01/2006)

About the Author

Patricia Ebrey is Professor of History and Chinese Studies at the University of Washington. Maggie Bickford is Professor and Chair of History of Art and Architecture at Brown University.

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Song Dynasty Civilization 23 Aug. 2010
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The reign of Emperor Huizong ended the brillient society of the Northern Song Dynasty. The essays in this book explore many different aspects of the emperor and his time. Politics, medicine, painting poetry are among many of the subjects discussed. But, while the detail is excellent, there is no overall understanding presented.
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