Perpetual Happiness


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Author  Shih-shan Henry Tsai
Publisher  University of Washington Press
Publication Date   November 14, 2011
ISBN  0295981091
Pages  292

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A skillful biography of a figure who might be called China's Peter the Great. The son of the founder of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) removed the capital to Beijing, built the Great Wall, finished the Grand Canal, and made the court bureaucracy even more powerful and efficient, all the while encouraging exploration abroad (and putting down rebellion at home). Yongle was the force behind construction of the Forbidden City, home to himself and the 22 later emperors. -Vancouver Sun

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