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As I began reading biographies of imperial wives starting in the Han, I began seeing a continuous story told by different writers through two thousand years of history. Each of the dynastic histories has a chapter or two on the empresses and concubines of each ruler, modeled on the first such chapter that appeared in the Records of the Historian by Sima Qian (145?–90?...
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After the dethronement of Empress Wu Zetian in the Tang dynasty (618–907), it became a central mission of Chinese monarchy to ensure that no other woman ruled as independently and powerfully as she had. No woman ever again ruled in her own right in Chinese history or used terms referring to herself as the highest...
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The authors of the History of the Song grandly proclaimed that the dynasty was free of the calamities caused by women such as Empresses Wu and Wei of the Tang. Empresses still played significant roles, serving as regents five times in the Northern Song and four in the Southern. But they and other imperial women had to take particular care not to seem like Wu or Wei, though...
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The story of the Jin 金 is dominated by the notorious Wanyan Liang 完顏亮 (1122–1161), usually known as the Prince of Hailing (Hailing Wang 海陵王; r. 1149–1161). His successors so hated him that they had him posthumously deposed, thus the reference to him as prince, the rank he held before becoming emperor. The History of the Jin...
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Keith McMahon is professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Kansas, where he teaches Chinese language and literature. His books include Women Shall Not Rule: Imperial Wives and Concubines in China from Han to Liao and The Fall of the God of Money: Opium Smoking in Nineteenth-Century China.
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