The First Emperor of China

The First Emperor of China The First Emperor of China is the true story of Ying Zheng the man who unified China built the Great Wall and whose tomb is guarded by the famous Terracotta Army Ying Zheng was born to rule the worl

  • Title: The First Emperor of China
  • Author: Jonathan Clements
  • ISBN: 9780750939591
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The First Emperor of China is the true story of Ying Zheng the man who unified China, built the Great Wall, and whose tomb is guarded by the famous Terracotta Army Ying Zheng was born to rule the world Yet there were rumours he was not the son of the king but the child of a secret affair between a royal concubine and an ambitious minister Crowned king of Qin China sThe First Emperor of China is the true story of Ying Zheng the man who unified China, built the Great Wall, and whose tomb is guarded by the famous Terracotta Army Ying Zheng was born to rule the world Yet there were rumours he was not the son of the king but the child of a secret affair between a royal concubine and an ambitious minister Crowned king of Qin China s westernmost kingdom six rival kings stood between him and victory He invaded Qi, the land of the devout, looking for a mythical magical device that could bring down the power of the gods Surviving an assassination attempt by a childhood friend, the Red Prince, he retaliated by destroying the Prince s kingdom This new book by Jonathan Clements is the first outside Asia to tell the full story of the life, legends and laws of the first emperor It exposes the intrigues and scandals of his family his mother s plot to overthrow him, a revolt led by his stepfather, and the suspicious death of his half brother explores the immigration crisis that threatened to destroy his kingdom, and provides a terrifying glimpse of daily life in a land under absolute rule.

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    1. Un volum de istorie plin-ochi de asasinate, rebeliuni, sfetnici care se luptă pentru putere, tirani demenți și șiretenie cât cuprinde. Primul împărat, cu obsesii de grandoare și o pasiune pentru legi foarte dure, ajunge să stăpânească întreaga Chină și să-și terorizeze supușii trimițându-i să lucreze la Marele Zid (pe vremea respectivă era ceva mai mic) și la alte proiecte mărețe, cum ar fi mausoleul în care s-a găsit și armata de teracotă.Un pic de mitologie, câtev [...]

    2. Remarkably little is known about the First Emperor of China. I picked up this book in the hope that it might contain some additional nuggets of information. Alas, it did not. The familiar old speculation of how the first Emperor might have been the bastard son of his prime minister, the merchant Lu Buwei, the inconclusiveness about whether the ruthless legalism implemented by the Qin was due to the First Emperor or his principal adviser, Li Si, etc,The author, to pad out the book, had to incorpo [...]

    3. I was really interested in this subject but I struggled with the book. it seemed to me rather chaotic and I couldn't really concentrate or tie up the loose strings. It is a mix of speculation and reality and the author obviously has all his facts right but I just couldn't focus on it.

    4. Enjoyed the book, but did not learn anything new, although some things were highlighted for me, it didn't expand my knowledge. Too short to ever be able to go into too much detail. last 30+ pages as appendixes and family trees, so the book is even shorter then it looks. Started with the needless creation myth, but following this a good section about the build up of the state of Qin and the events leading up to the Qin conquest of China. Never felt like I got to know the first Emperor. Perhaps th [...]

    5. Entertaining read, but fails to place the Qin dynasty in a larger historical context, and inconsistent translations of Chinese names (the Red Prince, the Lady of the Glorious Sun) makes it difficult to search for more information. Clements does spend some time on historiography, noting instances where The Record of the Historian disagrees with The Intrigues of the Warring States for instance, and how that affects scholarship and reconstructions of historical events.

    6. More so history of Qin dynasty than that of the First Emperor himself. Still found the book well done for someone looking to learn Chinese history.

    7. Un libro breve, pero bastante interesante sobre el primer Emperador. Fluido, con algunas descripciones del autor, pero siempre basado en textos de la época. Recomendable.

    8. I devour just about anything on China, and its first Emperor is an object of endless fascination to me, mostly because it's hard to nail down much specific information about him. And, oh yes, he did create China for the first time out of a collection of warring states. This book is best on some of the effects on the populace of the first Emperor's edicts, and the building of the Great Wall. There's also a pretty clear description of the discovery of the terra cotta warriors. The book is weakest [...]

    9. I enjoyed the parts about the way of life, customs and how the first emperor has an impact of them mostly because he didn't believe or care too much for tradition.As far as the political intrigue that led to his power i am not sure, probably because i know almost anything of chinese history.

    10. It´s a good book especially for somebody who doesn´t know much about this part of history and want to get general overview. I am about to see the famous terracotta army exhibit in a few days.

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