Treason by the Book

Treason by the Book : Traitors, Conspirators and Guardians of an Emperor

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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.show more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128.02 x 198.12 x 13.97mm | 208.65g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • map
  • 0140291296
  • 9780140291292

Table of contents

Prologue - the letter; the general; the emperor; the messenger's trail; in human; the phoenix song; talking back; summer lessons; the pardon; the solitary bell; coauthors; the source; sounds of discord; spreading the word; transformations; retribution.show more

Author information

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.show more

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