By Richard L. Davis
Drawing commonly on fundamental resources, together with Mingzong’s lively correspondence along with his officers, this political and cultural biography brings to lifestyles a charismatic emperor who was once held up as a version ruler through succeeding generations.
Richard L. Davis is chair professor of historical past and dean of the school of Arts at Lingnan college, origin Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the arts, and president of tune Historians for the Lingnan Region.
“In this evocative and engaging learn of the Later Tang emperor Mingzong, Richard Davis has brilliantly illuminated a bit recognized or even much less understood interval of chinese language heritage, the period among the unified Tang empire and the music dynasty while local chinese language and Shatuo Turkish peoples labored jointly to remodel the politics and tradition of North China. it's a satisfaction to learn a historian who's a grasp of his resources and on the best of his craft.”
—Robin D. S. Yates, McGill University
“The political historical past of the early 10th century isn't really for the faint of center. Shatuo Turks, Kitans, and Han chinese language, from aspirants to the throne, to surrogate sons, generals, mutineers, and courtiers have been all maneuvering for virtue as conditions regularly shifted. Richard Davis, through concentrating on one of many Shatuo rulers, is helping us comprehend the various demanding situations dealing with would-be reunifiers of China.”
—Patricia Ebrey, collage of Washington
“This is an interesting portrait of a guy who contrived in his strategy to be a superb ruler and was once to die of ordinary explanations in an age while lifestyles was once for many in China nasty, brutish and all too brief, and who, in addition, by means of instituting the renovation of the chinese language background via printing reworked the chinese language international for ever after.”
—T. H. Barrett, SOAS, college of London
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From Warhorses to Ploughshares: The Later Tang Reign of Emperor Mingzong by Richard L. Davis