The First Emperor of China, Shi Huangdi
The Cambridge History of China: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Part I edited by Frederick W. Mote and Denis Twitchett.
A Tale of Two Melons: Emperor and Subject in Ming China by Sarah Schneewind. A commoner's presentation to the emperor of a lucky omen from his garden and several retellings of the incident provide the background for an introduction to Ming society, culture, and politics, including discussions of the founding of the Ming dynasty, the character of the first emperor, and the role of omens in court politics.
Zhu Yuanzhang and Early Ming Legislation: The Reordering of Chinese Society Following the Era of Mongol Rule edited by Edward L. Farmer. Zhu Yuanzhang was born a peasant and rose to be the first Ming emperor.
Perpetual Happiness: The Ming Emperor Yongle by Shih-Shan Henry Tsai. Biography of a 15th century Chinese emperor.
1587, A Year of No Significance by Ray Huang is about Emperor Wan-li, who ruled China for 48 years.
A Dragon's Head and a Serpent's Tail: Ming China and the First Great East Asian War, 1592-1598 by Kenneth M. Swope. Japanese troops invaded Korea in May of 1592, and Korea's appeal to China's Emperor Wanli for assistance triggered a six-year war encompassing the whole region.
Screen of Kings: Royal Art and Power in Ming China by Craig Clunas. Examines the cultural role of the regional aristocracy -- relatives of the emperors -- in Ming dynasty China (1368-1644).
The Ming Prince and Daoism: Institutional Patronage of an Elite by Richard G. Wang. Explores the interaction between China's Ming princes and Daoist priests.
The Pirate King: Coxinga and the Fall of the Ming Dynasty by Jonathan Clements. The fantastic true story of an infamous pirate whose mother was a Japanese Samurai. He became the richest man in China and the king of Taiwan, and was made a god -- twice. Available from Alibris.
The Manchus by Pamela Kyle Crossley. The Manchus united and conquered the whole of China and Mongolia.
Orphan Warriors: Three Manchu Generations and the End of the Qing World by Pamela Kyle Crossley explores the lives of China's military bannermen.
The Last Emperors by Evelyn Sakakida Rawski is a social history of Qing imperial institutions.
Emperor of China: Self-Portrait of K'Ang-Hsi by Jonathan D. Spence uses original documents to tell the life story of Manchu emperor K'ang-Hsi, who ruled China from 1661 to 1772.
Treason by the Book by Jonathan D. Spence is about Emperor Yongzheng's surprising correspondence with a dissident, which the emperor had published and distributed throughout China. In Spence's hand the story becomes a metaphor for the power of books to change lives. (Review © Amazon.co.uk)
China: The Three Emperors, 1662-1795 by Regina Krahl, Alfreda Murck, Evelyn Rawski, Jessica Rawson. This sumptuous book focuses on the most powerful rulers of China's last dynasty, the Qing. It includes color photographs of more than 370 treasures: precious robes and palace furnishings, paintings and painted scrolls, weapons and ceremonial armor, and an imperial throne. Essays explore these treasures and people who created them.
Emperor Qianlong: Son of Heaven, Man of the World by Mark Elliott. Biography of the Manchu emperor Qianlong (1711-1799),who helped build the foundation of the modern Chinese nation.
Gardens of a Chinese Emperor: Imperial Creations of the Qianlong Era, 1739-1796 by Victoria M. Siu. The Garden of Perfect Brightness (Yuanming Yuan) was begun by the great Kangxi and expanded by his son, Yongzheng, and his grandson, Qianlong. It now lies mostly in ruins, but was the world's most elaborate garden in the 18th century. This book includes 62 color plates and 35 black and white photographs.
Imperial Secrets of Health and Longevity by Bob Flaws reveals the longevity secrets of the fourth Manchu emperor, Qian Long.
The Search for Modern China by Jonathan D. Spence. A thorough history of China from the days of the Manchus.
The Rise of Modern China by Immanuel C. Y. Hsu. Covers China's history from the origins of the Ching empire to recent times.
New Qing Imperial History: The Making of Inner Asian Empire at Qing Chengde by James A. Millward. Uses the Manchu summer capital of Chengde as the focus for an exploration of the importance of Inner Asia and Tibet to the Qing Empire (1636-1911). Discusses the nature and representation of emperorship, especially under Qianlong.
After Empire: The Conceptual Transformation of the Chinese State, 1885-1924 by Peter Zarrow. After over 2,000 years of monarchical rule, the Chinese people suddenly stopped believing in the emperor. What made this possible?
A Translucent Mirror: History and Identity in Qing Imperial Ideology by Pamela Kyle Crossley. Examines Qing emperorship, the evolution of concepts of ethnicity, and the legacy of Qing rule for modern Chinese nationalism.
Demystifying Tibet: Unlocking the Secrets of the Land of the Snows by Lee Feigon. An authoritative view of the history and culture of Tibet.
So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas by Barbara Crossette is about Bhutan and the neighboring kingdoms of Ladakh, Sikkim and Tibet.
The Clear Mirror: A Traditional Account of Tibet's Golden Age by Sakyapa Sonam Gyaltsen. A rich blend of history, legend, poetry, adventure, romance, and royal genealogy.
The Tibetan Empire in Central Asia by Christopher I. Beckwith. This narrative history of the Tibetan Empire from about A.D. 600 to 866 explains Tibet's role in the conflict over Central Asia.
A History of Modern Tibet, 1913-1951: The Demise of the Lamaist State by Melvyn C. Goldstein. This non-partisan study of modern Tibetan history draws on diplomatic records, written accounts, and extensive interviews.
My Tibet by the Dalai Lama, photographs by Galen Rowell. Essays by the Fourteenth Dalai Lama appear with Galen Rowell's dramatic images in a moving presentation of the splendors of Tibet's revered but threatened heritage.
History of Tibet - Three-Volume Set by Alex McKay, Janette Jenkins. The history of Tibet from the pre-10th through the mid-20th centuries. Includes maps and illustrations.
The Song of King Gesar: A Novel by Alai, translated by Howard Goldblatt and Sylvia Li-chun Lin. An English translation of Tibet's founding myth, written by a winner of the Mao Dun Prize, China's top literary award.
The Superhuman Life of Gesar of Ling by Alexandra David-Neel and Lama Yongden. Translated by Violet Sydney. Describes the life of King Gesar and recounts his battles and magical adventures. Alexandra David-Neel was a French explorer who traveled to Tibet in the 1920s.
The Warrior Song of King Gesar by Douglas J. Penick. The legendary King Gesar of Ling is a the subject of an ancient Central Asian epic poem. This is a modern version of the king's heroic saga.
My Life as Emperor by Su Tong. Novel about an 11th century emperor of the Western Xia kingdom in China.
Han Wu Di by Miriam Greenblatt. Biography of Chinese emperor Wu of Han, who reigned from 141 BC to 87 BC. For children ages 9 to 12.
Red Butterfly: How a Princess Smuggled the Secret of Silk Out of China by Deborah Noyes, illustrated by Sophie Blackall. A young Chinese princess, sent to marry the king of far-off Khotan, comes up with a clever plan to ensure that her home is with her always. For children ages 4 to 8.
Hero of the Land of Snow translated by Sylvia Gretchen, illustrations by Julia Witwer. Recounts the Tibetan myth about the magical birth and heroic exploits of King Gesar.
Secret of the Healing Treasures translated by Sylvia Gretchen, illustrations by Julia Witwer. Young King Gesar frees an enslaved kingdom from evil magicians.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Playstation and Nintendo games based on Chinese history.
Fairbank Chinese History Library
Internet Guide for Chinese Studies
USCD Chinese History Research Site
Ancient China Simplified
Chinese, Japanese, and Indian Emperors
Royal Genealogy - China
Royal Ark - China
Female Hero: Empress Wu Zetian (625-705 AD)
The Nanyue King's Tomb Museum
The Three Kingdoms and Western Jin
Romance of the Three Kingdoms Novel and History
Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Romance of the Three Kingdoms Frontier
Pinyin & Wade-Giles
What's the Difference Between Wade-Giles and Pinyin?
The Wade-Giles Romanization Atrocity
Pinyin and Wade-Giles Romanization
Tibetan Government in Exile's Official Website
International Campaign for Tibet
The Dalai Lama
Frontline: Dreams of Tibet
About Gesar of Ling
China - King Gesar
The Epic of King Gesar