Emperor Yang of the Sui Dynasty: His Life, Times, and Legacy

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SUNY Press, 01.06.2006 - 357 Seiten
Looking at the life and legacy of Emperor Yang (569 618) of the brief Sui dynasty in a new light, this book presents a compelling case for his importance to Chinese history. Author Victor Cunrui Xiong utilizes traditional scholarship and secondary literature from China, Japan, and the West to go beyond the common perception of Emperor Yang as merely a profligate tyrant. Xiong accepts neither the traditional verdict against Emperor Yang nor the apologist effort to revise it, and instead offers a reassessment of Emperor Yang by exploring the larger political, economic, military, religious, and diplomatic contexts of Sui society. This reconstruction of the life of Emperor Yang reveals an astute visionary with literary, administrative, and reformist accomplishments. While a series of strategic blunders resulting from the darker side of his personality led to the collapse of the socioeconomic order and to his own death, the Sui legacy that Emperor Yang left behind lived on to provide the foundation for the rise of the Tang dynasty, the pinnacle of medieval Chinese civilization.
 

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Good account of the emperor whose grandiose ambitions destroyed the Sui Dynasty and paved the way for the Tang Dynasty. The traditional view fitted Yang into the conventional "evil last emperor of a ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Inhalt

Introduction
3
The Making of a Crown Prince
9
Yangdi and His Reign
29
The Collapse of the Sui
51
Yangdi and His Empire
73
Luoyang and the Grand Canal
75
The Palace Network
95
The Bureaucracy
107
Economic Order
173
Foreign Policy
197
Epilogue
221
Appendix 1
235
Appendix 2
249
Chronology of Sui Yangdi 569618
253
Notes
263
Bibliography
307

The Educational Ritual and Legal Institutions
123
Religions
143

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Über den Autor (2006)

Victor Cunrui Xiong is Professor of History at Western Michigan University and the author of Sui-Tang Chang an: A Study in the Urban History of Late Medieval China.

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