A Sketch of Chinese History, Ancient and Modern; Comprising a Retrospect of the Foreign Intercourse and Trade with China

A Sketch of Chinese History, Ancient and Modern; Comprising a Retrospect of the Foreign Intercourse and Trade with China : Illustrated by a New and Corrected Map of the Empire Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ... the policy of the Chinese court to send the imperial princesses to the Mongol princes, in order to keep them in subjection by the ties of consanguinity; and many a princess has pined her life away in the presence of her savage husband, whilst raw flesh was her meat, and sour milk her drink. Woo-tee, on this occasion convoked a council, and the majority was in favour of the Tongoo's suit. The emperor, though a very great man, and enthusiastic for the Confucian doctrines, had nevertheless his weak side. Some priests of the Taou sect pretended to have discovered the liquor of immortality, the ambrosia of the immortals. They offered their nostrum to the emperor, but one of his grandees drank it before him. Offended, at this temerity, the emperor threatened him with instant death. How can you kill me, asked the nobleman, if I am immortal? Struck with this well-timed remark, his majesty forgave his offence, and henceforth abstained from giving credit to these empty fables. In the meanwhile, the Huns were not idle, and constantly attacked the frontiers of the Chinese empire. Woo-te was not backward to repel their inroads. The Chinese on the frontiers were trained for the service against these swift enemies; some Tatar tribes also joined the imperial standards, and after many reverses, General Wei-sing surprised them, routed the whole horde, and took about 15,000 men prisoners, with the whole camp and baggage. Such a disaster intimidated them for awhile, but they shortly regained sufficient strength to renew the struggle. New incursions threw the whole empire into consternation. But this prince was not daunted. After many campaigns, he finally struck such a decisive blow, that the Huns were so enfeebled, as not to return for many years. Though...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236570189
  • 9781236570185