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Forbidden City

The Great Within

This chronicle of the Forbidden City of Beijing, a rich blend of history, anecdotal narrative, biographical portraits and illustrations, carries readers through 500 years of imperial China. The palace's supreme political significance is described through the main events of an emperor's ceremonial life. The book then evokes the secret, stultifying world of the Inner Court, where the emperor and his concubines lived their private lives, served by eunuchs and palace maids. Finally it recounts how the impact of the West, through missionaries, diplomats and traders, eventually led to the collapse of the glittering corrupt court. A new chapter deals with the treasures and paintings collected under imperial patronage - their dramatic dispersal, painstaking recovery and restoration - and ends in the triumphant establishment of the Palace Museum.

This rich blend of history, anecdotal narrative, biographical portraits and illustrations evokes 500 years of imperial China through the story of its palace, the Forbidden City. It describes the emperor's ceremonial life, the stultifying world of his concubines, eunuchs and palace maids, and the devastating impact of the West in the late 19th century. A new chapter deals with the treasures and paintings collected under imperial patronage - their dramatic dispersal, painstaking recovery and restoration - and ends in the triumphant establishment of the Palace Museum.

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Biographies

Caroline Courtauld - Author
Jonathan D. Spence - Author
Hu Chui - Photographer

Specifications

Publication Date : June 2008
Category : TRAVEL/China
Paperback ISBN 10 : 9622177921
Paperback ISBN 13 : 978-962-217-792-5
Edition : Second Edition
Paperback Price : US$ 24.95
Format : 10in x 7in
Pages : 152
Photos : 110
Maps : 10

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