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Return to Dragon Mountain Memories of a Late Ming Man

ISBN-10: 014311445X

ISBN-13: 9780143114451

Edition: N/A

Authors: Jonathan D. Spence

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The renowned historian captures a critical moment in Chinese history Celebrated China scholar Jonathan Spence vividly brings to life seventeenth-century China through this biography of Z hang Dai, recognized as one of the finest historians and essayists of the Ming dynasty. Born in 1597, Z hang Dai was forty-seven when the Ming dynasty, after more than two hundred years of rule, was overthrown by the Manchu invasion of 1644. Having lost his fortune and way of life, Z hang Dai fled to the countryside and spent his final forty years recounting the time of creativity and renaissance during Ming rule before the violent upheaval of its collapse. This absorbing tale of Z hang Dais life illuminates the transformation of a culture and reveals how Chinas history affects its place in the world today.
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Jonathan D. Spence was born in England and received his B.A. from Cambridge University. In 1966 he received his Ph.D. from Yale University and has been a professor of Chinese history there since that time. Spence has won a variety of major fellowships and has served as visiting professor at Belfast's Queens University, Princeton University, and Beijing University. He employs a distinctive writing and historical style, weaving together various kinds of materials to fashion new forms of historical narrative. The best examples of his unique style are The Death of Woman Wang (1979) and The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci. In his works, Spence provides a uniquely accessible vision of late imperial China. His writings have won numerous awards and prizes. The Gate of Heavenly Peace (1982) won two awards---the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Henry D. Vursell Memorial Award of the American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters.