Return to Dragon Mountain
Memories of a Late Ming Man
ISBN 9780143114451 | 352 pages | 25 Nov 2008 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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The renowned historian captures a critical moment in Chinese history
Celebrated China scholar Jonathan Spence vividly brings to life seventeenth-century China through this biography of Z hang Dai, recognized as one of the finest historians and essayists of the Ming dynasty. Born in 1597, Z hang Dai was forty-seven when the Ming dynasty, after more than two hundred years of rule, was overthrown by the Manchu invasion of 1644. Having lost his fortune and way of life, Z hang Dai fled to the countryside and spent his final forty years recounting the time of creativity and renaissance during Ming rule before the violent upheaval of its collapse. This absorbing tale of Z hang Daiís life illuminates the transformation of a culture and reveals how Chinaís history affects its place in the world today.
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