Treason by the Book: Traitors, Conspirators and Guardians of an Emperor (Penguin history)

Treason by the Book: Traitors, Conspirators and Guardians of an Emperor (Penguin history)

by JonathanD.Spence (Author)

Synopsis

In 1728 a stranger handed a letter to Governor Yue calling on him to lead a rebellion against the Manchu rulers of China. Feigning greement, he learnt the details of the plot and informed the Emperor, Yongzheng. The riingleaders were captured with ease, forced to recant and, to the confusion and outrage of the public, spared. Drawing a wealth of documentary evidence - over 150 secret documents between the Emperor and his agents - the author has recreated this revolt of the scholars in all its details. It a story of unworldly dreams of a better world and the facts of a bureaucratic power, of the kind of an Emperor and of the uses of his mercy.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Published: 25 Apr 2002

ISBN 10: 0140291296
ISBN 13: 9780140291292

Author Bio
Jonathan D. Spence, Sterling Professor of History at Yale University, is the award-winning author of a remarkable body of work on Chinese culture and history, including THE SEARCH FOR MODERN CHINA, GOD'S CHINESE SON and THE CHAN'S GREAT CONTINENT.