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Perpetual Happiness
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A skillful biography of a figure who might be called China's Peter the Great. The son of the founder of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) removed the capital to Beijing, built the Great Wall, finished the Grand Canal, and made the court bureaucracy even more powerful and efficient, all the while encouraging exploration abroad (and putting down rebellion at home). Yongle was the force behind construction of the Forbidden City, home to himself and the 22 later emperors.--Vancouver Sun

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Maps
  2. pp. ix-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. 1 / A Day in the Life of Yongle’s Court: February 23, 1423
  2. pp. 3-19
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  1. 2 / The Formative Years, 1360–1382
  2. pp. 20-36
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  1. 3 / The Years of Waiting, 1382–1398
  2. pp. 37-56
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  1. 4 / The Years of Successional Struggle, 1398–1402
  2. pp. 57-76
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  1. 5 / The Years of Reconstruction: Government and Politics, 1402–1420
  2. pp. 77-103
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  1. 6 / The Years of Rehabilitation: Society and Economy, 1402–1421
  2. pp. 104-128
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  1. 7 / The Emperor of Culture
  2. pp. 129-147
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  1. 8 / Yongle and the Mongols
  2. pp. 148-177
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  1. 9 / The Price of Glory
  2. pp. 178-208
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  1. 10 / Epilogue
  2. pp. 209-214
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  1. Appendix: The Children of Emperor Hongwu
  2. pp. 215-216
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 217-236
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  1. Glossary of Chinese Characters
  2. pp. 237-244
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 245-256
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  1. Index, Illustrations
  2. pp. 257-278
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