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Author Becker, Jasper.

Title City of heavenly tranquility : Beijing in the history of China / Jasper Becker
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  951.156 Bec/Coh  AVAILABLE
Description viii, 370 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents In xanadu -- The emperor of perpetual happiness -- Madness in the forbidden city -- On the wild wall -- The ming tombs -- In the garden of perfect brightness -- The broken bowl tea house -- The last sanctuary of the unknown and -- Marvellous -- The last manchus -- In search of the golden flower -- Mao and Beijing -- History in stone -- The strange death of Lao She -- The red maid's tale -- The last playboy of Beijing -- The protectress of flowers -- Radiant city of the future -- Destroy! -- The eternal present
Summary "In City of Heavenly Tranquility, long-time resident and journalist Jasper Becker brings back to life the emperors, eunuchs, courtesans, and warriors who for centuries ruled from behind the red walls of the Forbidden City. Becker mixes his own experiences with poignant stories from those who have tried to preserve China's past, struggling against ruthless officials and a fiercely nationalistic government set on changing the fabric of a nation by jettisoning the past and clearing space for the future. In the process, China's officials are demolishing homes and destroying livelihoods, and evicting over three million residents in Beijing alone."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-333) and index
Subject Beijing (China) -- History.
China -- History.
Beijing (China) -- Description and travel.
LC no. 2008004249
ISBN 9780195309973
Other Titles Beijing in the history of China