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Wu Zhao, Woman Emperor of Chinais the compelling story of one womanrs"s unlikely and remarkable ascent to the apex of political power in the patriarchal society of traditional China. Wu Zhao, Woman Emperor of Chinais the account of the first and only female emperor in Chinars"s history. Set in vibrant, multi-ethnic Tang China, this biography chronicles Wu Zhaors"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 "cruel officials" 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 staters"s economic growth. SH0310 History of the Far East (AB) SH0311 History of China (AB) SH0301 World History I
Table of Contents
|Editor's Preface||p. vii|
|Author's Preface||p. ix|
|Genealogies of the House of Tang and the House of Wu||p. xvii|
|What's in a Name?||p. 1|
|Historical Preconditions for the Ascent of a Woman Emperor: Steppe Culture, the Silk Road, and Buddhism||p. 11|
|From the Sichuan Countryside to the Inner Palace||p. 17|
|Empress Wu: A Changing of the Guard||p. 37|
|The Two Sages||p. 49|
|Celestial Empress and Grand Dowager||p. 65|
|Wu Zhao as Lover: Lady of Perfect Satisfaction||p. 93|
|Sage Mother Rising||p. 103|
|Queen of Terror||p. 125|
|Bodhisattva of Mercy||p. 137|
|Emperor of the Zhou Dynasty||p. 157|
|Octogenarian in Retreat: Succession, Factionalism, and Craneriding in the Final Years||p. 181|
|Conclusion: The Vain Quest for Wu Zhao||p. 205|
|A Note on the Sources||p. 215|
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