The First Emperor of China

The First Emperor of China➶ [Reading] ➸ The First Emperor of China By Jonathan Clements ➫ – Oaklandjobs.co.uk The First Emperor of China is the true story of Ying Zheng the man who unified China, built the Great Wall, and whose tomb is guarded by the famous Terracotta Army Ying Zheng was born to rule the worl The First Emperor of China is the true Emperor of MOBI õ story of Ying Zheng The First eBook Á the man who unified China, built the Great Wall, and whose tomb is First Emperor of ePUB ☆ guarded by the famous Terracotta Army Ying Zheng was born to rule the world Yet there were rumours he was not the son of the king but the child of a secret affair between a royal concubine and an ambitious minister Crowned king of Qin China s westernmost kingdom six rival kings stood between him and victory He invaded Qi, the land of the devout, looking for a mythical magical device that could bring down the power of the gods Surviving an assassination attempt by a childhood friend, the Red Prince, he retaliated by destroying the Prince s kingdom This new book by Jonathan Clements is the first outside Asia to tell the full story of the life, legends and laws of the first emperor It exposes the intrigues and scandals of his family his mother s plot to overthrow him, a revolt led by his stepfather, and the suspicious death of his half brother explores the immigration crisis that threatened to destroy his kingdom, and provides a terrifying glimpse of daily life in a land under absolute rule. Remarkably little is known about the First Emperor of China I picked up this book in the hope that it might contain some additional nuggets of information Alas, it did not The familiar old speculation of how the first Emperor might have been the bastard son of his prime minister, the merchant Lu Buwei, the inconclusiveness about whether the ruthless legalism implemented by the Qin was due to the First Emperor or his principal adviser, Li Si, etc,..The author, to pad out the book, had to incor Remarkably little is known about the First Emperor of China I picked up this book in the hope that it might contain some additional nuggets of information Alas, it did not The familiar old speculation of how the first Emperor might have been the bastard son of his prime minister, the merchant Lu Buwei, the inconclusiveness about whether the ruthless legalism implemented by the Qin was due to the First Emperor or his principal adviser, Li Si, etc,..The author, to pad out the book, had to incorporate the Chinese creation myths and the fall of the Qin and the subsequent ongoing archaeological discoveries.For a reader unfamiliar with the First Emperor of Qin, this would be a good book For those already familiar with the facts from other sources, this offers nothing new Un volum de istorie plin ochi de asasinate, rebeliuni, sfetnici care se lupt pentru putere, tirani demen i i iretenie c t cuprinde Primul mp rat, cu obsesii de grandoare i o pasiune pentru legi foarte dure, ajunge s st p neasc ntreaga Chin i s i terorizeze supu ii trimi ndu i s lucreze la Marele Zid pe vremea respectiv era ceva mai mic i la alte proiecte m re e, cum ar fi mausoleul n care s a g sit i armata de teracot.Un pic de mitologie, c teva explica ii despre filozofie Un volum de istorie plin ochi de asasinate, rebeliuni, sfetnici care se lupt pentru putere, tirani demen i i iretenie c t cuprinde Primul mp rat, cu obsesii de grandoare i o pasiune pentru legi foarte dure, ajunge s st p neasc ntreaga Chin i s i terorizeze supu ii trimi ndu i s lucreze la Marele Zid pe vremea respectiv era ceva mai mic i la alte proiecte m re e, cum ar fi mausoleul n care s a g sit i armata de teracot.Un pic de mitologie, c teva explica ii despre filozofie i tradi ii, ncerc ri complexe de asasinat i rebeliuni conduse, printre altele, i de un pseudo eunuc.C teva sc r ieli la traducere, care duc la un stil un pic sec i la ciud enii gen al Doilea mp rat devenise at t de agitat nc t a mpu cat o siluet uman , pe care o z rise ntr unul din copacii de pe domeniul lui de v n toare ceea ce e un pic anacronic pentru secolul 3.H probabil c tr sese cu o s geat.Una peste alta, e interesant i, ca introducere n subiect, merit I was really interested in this subject but I struggled with the book it seemed to me rather chaotic and I couldn t really concentrate or tie up the loose strings It is a mix of speculation and reality and the author obviously has all his facts right but I just couldn t focus on it. This is one of those books that is incredibly difficult for me to review I am a complete newcomer to this era of Chinese history 3rd century BCE , and thus am really not qualified to compare this book to its peers, or even to spot its accuracies and inaccuracies I haven t even the slightest bit of proficiency with Mandarin, so I am relying on English written or translated works on a subject that has been most frequently addressed in the former language, and those are few and far between Fina This is one of those books that is incredibly difficult for me to review I am a complete newcomer to this era of Chinese history 3rd century BCE , and thus am really not qualified to compare this book to its peers, or even to spot its accuracies and inaccuracies I haven t even the slightest bit of proficiency with Mandarin, so I am relying on English written or translated works on a subject that has been most frequently addressed in the former language, and those are few and far between Finally, I get the sense that the gulf of time between the First Emperor and present day students of history is too great to bridge with the current dearth of evidence The source that seems to be most often used when examining the life of the First Emperor is Sima Qian s chronicle, but the problem is that he was writing a century later and working for a successor state with a decidedly hostile attitude towards the previous Qin regime Elements of the fantastical creep into the accounts of Qian and others, casting doubt on them, and contemporary evidence appears to be few and far between.So did I learn anything about the First Emperor, really Some basic information shines through campaigns he waged, laws he enacted, building projects he initiated, the names of key members of his government but it comes alongside a lot of tall tales about various scandals involving greed, jealousy, and sex It s worth keeping these fairytales in mind, for the potential grains of truth they might hold, but until there can be corroboration of just what the facts might be and what mere lurid fiction, they don t feel too useful It s worth noting, as Clements does in his epilogue, that the tomb of the First Emperor is being meticulously excavated in a spiral pattern from the outside in There remains the tantalising possibility of extraordinary discoveries to be made as archaeologists dig closer to the central chamber where the man himself supposedly lies Or, as Clements cynically notes, his sarcophagus may be empty, robbed by looters long ago, with local tourism retaining a vested interested in keeping the mystery strung out for as long as possible.As an introductory text, this book is not bad, but there is no doubt in my mind that a serious researcher would be better served by reading Chinese publications and, indeed, examining the source materials and artefacts directly.6 out of 10 Very ReadableReads muchlike a novel than a history which I feel does justice to a fairly obscure period of history that is somewhat difficult to pin down It s a great introduction to the main cast of characters that make up the First Emperor s inner circle, and it gives you a feel for the man Author bias is present, but he is open about it, and given that we will never know whether most of what has come down to us is accurate or not, that can t be held against him.Overall a really enjoya Very ReadableReads muchlike a novel than a history which I feel does justice to a fairly obscure period of history that is somewhat difficult to pin down It s a great introduction to the main cast of characters that make up the First Emperor s inner circle, and it gives you a feel for the man Author bias is present, but he is open about it, and given that we will never know whether most of what has come down to us is accurate or not, that can t be held against him.Overall a really enjoyable read that sets out the basics without getting bogged down Enjoyed the book, but did not learn anything new, although some things were highlighted for me, it didn t expand my knowledge Too short to ever be able to go into too much detail last 30 pages as appendixes and family trees, so the book is even shorter then it looks Started with the needless creation myth, but following this a good section about the build up of the state of Qin and the events leading up to the Qin conquest of China Never felt like I got to know the first Emperor Perhaps th Enjoyed the book, but did not learn anything new, although some things were highlighted for me, it didn t expand my knowledge Too short to ever be able to go into too much detail last 30 pages as appendixes and family trees, so the book is even shorter then it looks Started with the needless creation myth, but following this a good section about the build up of the state of Qin and the events leading up to the Qin conquest of China Never felt like I got to know the first Emperor Perhaps there s simply too much time between him and us for us to be able to Entertaining read, but fails to place the Qin dynasty in a larger historical context, and inconsistent translations of Chinese names the Red Prince, the Lady of the Glorious Sun makes it difficult to search forinformation Clements does spend some time on historiography, noting instances where The Record of the Historian disagrees with The Intrigues of the Warring States for instance, and how that affects scholarship and reconstructions of historical events. Very informativeI had never studied ancient Chinese leaders For me it was a very new experience I was moved once again by how much this book taught me about how people think The way they tried to protect themselves not caring about who or how many people had to be lied to or killed to do it. Reader can see the birth of radical socialism fascist and communist philosophies and prectices 2100 years before Karl Marx was born and 2200 years before Mussolini had started his everything for the state, everything in the state experiment.Fascinating. More so history of Qin dynasty than that of the First Emperor himself Still found the book well done for someone looking to learn Chinese history.

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    The First Emperor of China Kindle ´ Emperor of MOBI world Yet there were rumours he was not the son of the king but the child of a secret affair between a royal concubine and an ambitious minister Crowned king of Qin China s westernmost kingdom six rival kings stood between him and victory He invaded Qi, the land of the devout, looking for a mythical magical device that could bring down the power of the gods Surviving an assassination attempt by a childhood friend, the Red Prince, he retaliated by destroying the Prince s kingdom This new book by Jonathan Clements is the first outside Asia to tell the full story of the life, legends and laws of the first emperor It exposes the intrigues and scandals of his family his mother s plot to overthrow him, a revolt led by his stepfather, and the suspicious death of his half brother explores the immigration crisis that threatened to destroy his kingdom, and provides a terrifying glimpse of daily life in a land under absolute rule. Remarkably little is known about the First Emperor of China I picked up this book in the hope that it might contain some additional nuggets of information Alas, it did not The familiar old speculation of how the first Emperor might have been the bastard son of his prime minister, the merchant Lu Buwei, the inconclusiveness about whether the ruthless legalism implemented by the Qin was due to the First Emperor or his principal adviser, Li Si, etc,..The author, to pad out the book, had to incor Remarkably little is known about the First Emperor of China I picked up this book in the hope that it might contain some additional nuggets of information Alas, it did not The familiar old speculation of how the first Emperor might have been the bastard son of his prime minister, the merchant Lu Buwei, the inconclusiveness about whether the ruthless legalism implemented by the Qin was due to the First Emperor or his principal adviser, Li Si, etc,..The author, to pad out the book, had to incorporate the Chinese creation myths and the fall of the Qin and the subsequent ongoing archaeological discoveries.For a reader unfamiliar with the First Emperor of Qin, this would be a good book For those already familiar with the facts from other sources, this offers nothing new Un volum de istorie plin ochi de asasinate, rebeliuni, sfetnici care se lupt pentru putere, tirani demen i i iretenie c t cuprinde Primul mp rat, cu obsesii de grandoare i o pasiune pentru legi foarte dure, ajunge s st p neasc ntreaga Chin i s i terorizeze supu ii trimi ndu i s lucreze la Marele Zid pe vremea respectiv era ceva mai mic i la alte proiecte m re e, cum ar fi mausoleul n care s a g sit i armata de teracot.Un pic de mitologie, c teva explica ii despre filozofie Un volum de istorie plin ochi de asasinate, rebeliuni, sfetnici care se lupt pentru putere, tirani demen i i iretenie c t cuprinde Primul mp rat, cu obsesii de grandoare i o pasiune pentru legi foarte dure, ajunge s st p neasc ntreaga Chin i s i terorizeze supu ii trimi ndu i s lucreze la Marele Zid pe vremea respectiv era ceva mai mic i la alte proiecte m re e, cum ar fi mausoleul n care s a g sit i armata de teracot.Un pic de mitologie, c teva explica ii despre filozofie i tradi ii, ncerc ri complexe de asasinat i rebeliuni conduse, printre altele, i de un pseudo eunuc.C teva sc r ieli la traducere, care duc la un stil un pic sec i la ciud enii gen al Doilea mp rat devenise at t de agitat nc t a mpu cat o siluet uman , pe care o z rise ntr unul din copacii de pe domeniul lui de v n toare ceea ce e un pic anacronic pentru secolul 3.H probabil c tr sese cu o s geat.Una peste alta, e interesant i, ca introducere n subiect, merit I was really interested in this subject but I struggled with the book it seemed to me rather chaotic and I couldn t really concentrate or tie up the loose strings It is a mix of speculation and reality and the author obviously has all his facts right but I just couldn t focus on it. This is one of those books that is incredibly difficult for me to review I am a complete newcomer to this era of Chinese history 3rd century BCE , and thus am really not qualified to compare this book to its peers, or even to spot its accuracies and inaccuracies I haven t even the slightest bit of proficiency with Mandarin, so I am relying on English written or translated works on a subject that has been most frequently addressed in the former language, and those are few and far between Fina This is one of those books that is incredibly difficult for me to review I am a complete newcomer to this era of Chinese history 3rd century BCE , and thus am really not qualified to compare this book to its peers, or even to spot its accuracies and inaccuracies I haven t even the slightest bit of proficiency with Mandarin, so I am relying on English written or translated works on a subject that has been most frequently addressed in the former language, and those are few and far between Finally, I get the sense that the gulf of time between the First Emperor and present day students of history is too great to bridge with the current dearth of evidence The source that seems to be most often used when examining the life of the First Emperor is Sima Qian s chronicle, but the problem is that he was writing a century later and working for a successor state with a decidedly hostile attitude towards the previous Qin regime Elements of the fantastical creep into the accounts of Qian and others, casting doubt on them, and contemporary evidence appears to be few and far between.So did I learn anything about the First Emperor, really Some basic information shines through campaigns he waged, laws he enacted, building projects he initiated, the names of key members of his government but it comes alongside a lot of tall tales about various scandals involving greed, jealousy, and sex It s worth keeping these fairytales in mind, for the potential grains of truth they might hold, but until there can be corroboration of just what the facts might be and what mere lurid fiction, they don t feel too useful It s worth noting, as Clements does in his epilogue, that the tomb of the First Emperor is being meticulously excavated in a spiral pattern from the outside in There remains the tantalising possibility of extraordinary discoveries to be made as archaeologists dig closer to the central chamber where the man himself supposedly lies Or, as Clements cynically notes, his sarcophagus may be empty, robbed by looters long ago, with local tourism retaining a vested interested in keeping the mystery strung out for as long as possible.As an introductory text, this book is not bad, but there is no doubt in my mind that a serious researcher would be better served by reading Chinese publications and, indeed, examining the source materials and artefacts directly.6 out of 10 Very ReadableReads muchlike a novel than a history which I feel does justice to a fairly obscure period of history that is somewhat difficult to pin down It s a great introduction to the main cast of characters that make up the First Emperor s inner circle, and it gives you a feel for the man Author bias is present, but he is open about it, and given that we will never know whether most of what has come down to us is accurate or not, that can t be held against him.Overall a really enjoya Very ReadableReads muchlike a novel than a history which I feel does justice to a fairly obscure period of history that is somewhat difficult to pin down It s a great introduction to the main cast of characters that make up the First Emperor s inner circle, and it gives you a feel for the man Author bias is present, but he is open about it, and given that we will never know whether most of what has come down to us is accurate or not, that can t be held against him.Overall a really enjoyable read that sets out the basics without getting bogged down Enjoyed the book, but did not learn anything new, although some things were highlighted for me, it didn t expand my knowledge Too short to ever be able to go into too much detail last 30 pages as appendixes and family trees, so the book is even shorter then it looks Started with the needless creation myth, but following this a good section about the build up of the state of Qin and the events leading up to the Qin conquest of China Never felt like I got to know the first Emperor Perhaps th Enjoyed the book, but did not learn anything new, although some things were highlighted for me, it didn t expand my knowledge Too short to ever be able to go into too much detail last 30 pages as appendixes and family trees, so the book is even shorter then it looks Started with the needless creation myth, but following this a good section about the build up of the state of Qin and the events leading up to the Qin conquest of China Never felt like I got to know the first Emperor Perhaps there s simply too much time between him and us for us to be able to Entertaining read, but fails to place the Qin dynasty in a larger historical context, and inconsistent translations of Chinese names the Red Prince, the Lady of the Glorious Sun makes it difficult to search forinformation Clements does spend some time on historiography, noting instances where The Record of the Historian disagrees with The Intrigues of the Warring States for instance, and how that affects scholarship and reconstructions of historical events. Very informativeI had never studied ancient Chinese leaders For me it was a very new experience I was moved once again by how much this book taught me about how people think The way they tried to protect themselves not caring about who or how many people had to be lied to or killed to do it. Reader can see the birth of radical socialism fascist and communist philosophies and prectices 2100 years before Karl Marx was born and 2200 years before Mussolini had started his everything for the state, everything in the state experiment.Fascinating. More so history of Qin dynasty than that of the First Emperor himself Still found the book well done for someone looking to learn Chinese history. "/>
  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • The First Emperor of China
  • Jonathan Clements
  • English
  • 02 September 2019
  • 0750939591