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The fiction Emperor of China Self-portrait of Kang-Hsi is written by Jonathan D Spence in 1974 Based on various historical records and the letters written by Kang Hsi Emperor Spence creates a fictional memoir to describe Kang Hsis later years This book is divided into six chapters plus two appendixes The first chapter In Motion illustrates his talents in hunting skills and his extensive knowledge on how to survive by taking the natural advantages during wars The second chapter Ruling expresses Kang Hsis opinions on how to rule the country The third chapter Thinking compares the cultures and ideologies between the Western countries and China The fourth chapter Growing Old shows his medical knowledge and how to apply in real life and medical clinic in the palace The last chapter Son shows his fathers love toward his sons and the process and conflicts on the succession The additional translated appendixes display Kang Hsis seventeen letters and his final valedictory edict that hidden from the palace Those original documents clearly the audience a clear idea of Kang Hsis inner self This book report will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of reading this book and how this book affects the readerJonathan D Spence creates a memoir to show Kang Hsi from the first person narration This technique immediately brings the reader into this remarkable emperors world Kang Hsi 1654-1722 was the third emperor in Qing Dynasty 1644-1911 and he ruled China for 61 years start from 1661 and end at 1722 which was the longest period throughout Chinese history Han Chinese is the majority ethnicity in China and they ruled over China since the start of Chinese history However until Yuan Dynasty 1271-1368 the Mongols from Northern China took cover China and it was the first time that the Han Chinese was not the ruling ethnicity during the Yuan Dynasty Following by the Ming Dynasty 1368-1644 the Han Chinese fought back the country and became the emperors
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