Wu Zhao: China's Only Woman Emperor

This new entry in the Longman Library of World Biography series offers the compelling story of Wu Zhao one woman s unlikely and remarkable ascent to the apex of political power in the patriarchal society of traditional China Wu Zhao, Woman Emperor of China is the account of the first and only female emperor in China s history Set in vibrant, multi ethnic Tang China,This new entry in the Longman Library of World Biography series offers the compelling story of Wu Zhao one woman s unlikely and remarkable ascent to the apex of political power in the patriarchal society of traditional China Wu Zhao, Woman Emperor of China is the account of the first and only female emperor in China s history Set in vibrant, multi ethnic Tang China, this biography chronicles Wu Zhao 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 state s economic growth.
Wu Zhao China s Only Woman Emperor This new entry in the Longman Library of World Biography series offers the compelling story of Wu Zhao one woman s unlikely and remarkable ascent to the apex of political power in the patriarchal soci

  • Title: Wu Zhao: China's Only Woman Emperor
  • Author: N. Harry Rothschild Peter N. Stearns
  • ISBN: 9780321394262
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. N. Harry Rothschild examines the life of Wu Zhao in his biography Wu Zhao China’s Only Woman Emperor, in which he weaves together history and legend into a coherent account of Wu Zhao’s rise to power and rule over the Tang Empire from 684-705 C.E. He suggests that Wu Zhao was both a product and a proponent of the cosmopolitan cultural milieu that emerged from the melding of northern pastoralist culture with the Han culture of China proper and the influx of foreign influences from Central Asi [...]

    2. Have you ever read a book so good, you just couldn't put it down? Well if you haven't, I'd highly recommend Wu Zhao China's only emperor by N.Harry Rothschild. It is an amazing book that talks about how a woman defied Chinese traditions and standards that were set for women and rose to become China's first and only woman emperor in Chinese history. The book beginnings by talking about Wu’s family background, about her father being a wealth official. “She was the second daughter in the second [...]

    3. This book was amazing. It described Wu Zhao's life nearly completely (no book can fully capture every detail of a person's life), and filled in the gaps with historical context and content. It's richly detailed, sensitive to rumors but strict in adherence to fact, and covered all aspects of her life and subsequent reign. Truly worth the read for any Chinese history scholar.

    4. A fantastic and well written biography of the rise and fall of Wu Zhao and her short-lived Zhou dynasty.

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