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The Imperial Capitals of China: An Inside View of the Celestial Empire

by Arthur Cotterell

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Cotterill gives a summarised history of Chinese Dynasties by describing each dynasty, its capital, and the architectural, artistic, legal and other achievements of the prominent rulers of that dynasty. Its a simple method and very effective. There are many small treasures to be enjoyed here. I particularly liked the image of Kublai Khan camped on the plains waiting for his capital to be built. I was also surprised to learn for the first time of the large number of dynasties that are not Han Chinese but were Turkish, Hunnish, Mongol etc. Fascinating stuff ( )
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In this unique history and exploration of China through its imperial capital cities, Arthur Cotterell shows us the rich array of characters, political and ideological tensions and technological genius which defined the imperial cities of China over two millennia.… (more)

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