What the Emperor Built

What the Emperor Built: Architecture and Empire in the Early Ming (University of Washington Press, 2020)

Author Aurelia Campbell discusses imperial and temple architecture built under the Yongle emperor in the early fifteenth century.

key themes
  • Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism
  • Material culture
  • Imperial art, politics, and the court
  • Architecture, space, and the built environment
further reading
  • Campbell, Aurelia. “The Hall of Supreme Harmony as a Simulacrum of Ming Dynasty Construction.” In The Ming World, edited by Kenneth Swope, 221-240. New York: Routledge Press, 2019.
  • Chan, Hok-Lam, Legends of the Building of Old Peking. Seattle, University of Washington Press, 2008.
  • Clunas, Craig and Jessica Harrison-Hall, eds. Ming: 50 Years that Changed China. London: The British Museum Press, 2014.
  • Craig Clunas, Jessica Harrison-Hall, and Yu-ping Luk, eds. Ming Courts and Contacts (1400-1450). London: The British Museum Press, 2016.
  • Yu Zhouyun. Palaces of the Forbidden City. New York, NY: Viking, 1984.
  • Zhang, Fan Jeremy, ed. Royal Taste: The Art of the Princely Courts in Fifteenth-Century China. New York: Scala Arts and Heritage Publishers, 2015.
  • Zhu, Jianfei. Chinese Spatial Strategies: Imperial Beijing, 1420-1911. London; New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004.
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