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Wu Zhao China's Only Woman Emperor

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ISBN-10: 0321394267

ISBN-13: 9780321394262

Edition: 2008

Authors: N. Harry Rothschild, Peter N. Stearns

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Wu Zhao, Woman Emperor of Chinais the compelling story of one womanrsquo;s unlikely and remarkable ascent to the apex of political power in the patriarchal society of traditional China. nbsp; Wu Zhao, Woman Emperor of Chinais the account of the first and only female emperor in Chinarsquo;s history. Set in vibrant, multi-ethnic Tang China, this biography chronicles Wu Zhaorsquo;s humble beginnings as the daughter of a provincial official, following her path to the inner palace, where she improbably rose from a fifth-ranked concubine to becoming Empress. Using clever Buddhist rhetoric, grandiose architecture, elegant court rituals, and an insidious network of ldquo;cruel officialsrdquo; to…    
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Book details

List price: $32.20
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Peter N. Stearns is Provost and University Professor at George Mason University. Since 1967, he has served as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Social History.  His numerous books include World History in Documents ;  American Behavioral History ; and Anxious Parents .

Editor's Preface
Author's Preface
Genealogies of the House of Tang and the House of Wu
What's in a Name?
Historical Preconditions for the Ascent of a Woman Emperor: Steppe Culture, the Silk Road, and Buddhism
From the Sichuan Countryside to the Inner Palace
Empress Wu: A Changing of the Guard
The Two Sages
Celestial Empress and Grand Dowager
Wu Zhao as Lover: Lady of Perfect Satisfaction
Sage Mother Rising
Queen of Terror
Bodhisattva of Mercy
Emperor of the Zhou Dynasty
Octogenarian in Retreat: Succession, Factionalism, and Craneriding in the Final Years
Conclusion: The Vain Quest for Wu Zhao
A Note on the Sources
Chronology
Glossary
Index