Emperor Yang of the Sui Dynasty: His Life, Times, And Legacy

Title

Emperor Yang of the Sui Dynasty: His Life, Times, And Legacy

Department

History

Document Type

Book

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Description

Looking at the life and legacy of Emperor Yang (569 618) of the brief Sui dynasty in a new light, this book presents a compelling case for his importance to Chinese history. Author Victor Cunrui Xiong utilizes traditional scholarship and secondary literature from China, Japan, and the West to go beyond the common perception of Emperor Yang as merely a profligate tyrant. Xiong accepts neither the traditional verdict against Emperor Yang nor the apologist effort to revise it, and instead offers a reassessment of Emperor Yang by exploring the larger political, economic, military, religious, and diplomatic contexts of Sui society. This reconstruction of the life of Emperor Yang reveals an astute visionary with literary, administrative, and reformist accomplishments. While a series of strategic blunders resulting from the darker side of his personality led to the collapse of the socioeconomic order and to his own death, the Sui legacy that Emperor Yang left behind lived on to provide the foundation for the rise of the Tang dynasty, the pinnacle of medieval Chinese civilization.

ISBN

978-0791465882

Publication Date

2006

Publisher

State University of New York Press

City

Albany

Disciplines

Asian History

Citation for published book

Xiong, Victor Cunrui. Emperor Yang of the Sui Dynasty : His Life, Times, and Legacy / Victor Cunrui Xiong. 2006. Print. SUNY Ser. in Chinese Philosophy and Culture.

Emperor Yang of the Sui Dynasty: His Life, Times, And Legacy

http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/65174948

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