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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 cow her many opponents in court, Wu Zhao inaugurated a new dynasty in 690, the Zhou. She ruled as Emperor for fifteen years, proving eminently competent in the arts of governance, deftly balancing factions in court, staving off the encroachment of Turks and Tibetans, and fostering the statersquo;s economic growth. nbsp; SH0310 History of the Far East (AB) SH0311 History of China (AB) SH0301 World History I
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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

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