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Imperial Warlord : A Biography of Cao Cao 155-220 AD

By: deCrespigny, Rafe.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Sinica Leidensia: Publisher: Leiden : BRILL, 2010Description: 1 online resource (567 p.).ISBN: 9789004188303.Subject(s): Cao, Cao | Cao, Cao - Military leadership | Cao, Cao, 155-220 -- Military leadership | Cao, Cao, 155-220 | China - History - Han dynasty, 202 B.C.-220 A.D | China -- History -- Han dynasty, 202 B.C.-220 A.D | China - History, Military - 221 B.C.-960 A.D | China -- History, Military -- 221 B.C.-960 A.D | Politicians - China | Politicians -- China -- Biography | Statesmen - China | Statesmen -- China -- BiographyGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Imperial Warlord : A Biography of Cao Cao 155-220 ADDDC classification: 931.04092 | 931/.04092 LOC classification: DS748.16.T76 D39 2010Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
List of Maps and Tables; Introduction; Chapter One Grandson of a Eunuch 155-189; Chapter Two To Guard the Emperor 190-196; Chapter Three To Battle at Guandu 197-200; Chapter Four The Conduct of Civil War; Chapter Five Conquest of the North 201-207; Chapter Six Red Cliffs 208; Chapter Seven Military Matters 209-217; Chapter Eight Court and Capital; Chapter Nine Tensions of Loyalty 210-217; Chapter Ten The Last Years 218-220; Chapter Eleven Another Life: History, Anecdote and Fiction; Bibliography; Index
Summary: The warlord Cao Cao, founder of the Three Kingdoms state of Wei, is most commonly known through the romantic tradition of the novel Sanguo yanyi and other dramatic fictions, which portray him as cruel and vicious. In fact, however, Cao Cao was a fine strategist and politician who restored a measure of order after the political turmoil and civil war that brought the end of Han.The present work offers a detailed account of Cao Cao's life and times, using historical materials and the man's own words from official proclamations and personal poetry. Exceptionally for such a distant time, there is s
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List of Maps and Tables; Introduction; Chapter One Grandson of a Eunuch 155-189; Chapter Two To Guard the Emperor 190-196; Chapter Three To Battle at Guandu 197-200; Chapter Four The Conduct of Civil War; Chapter Five Conquest of the North 201-207; Chapter Six Red Cliffs 208; Chapter Seven Military Matters 209-217; Chapter Eight Court and Capital; Chapter Nine Tensions of Loyalty 210-217; Chapter Ten The Last Years 218-220; Chapter Eleven Another Life: History, Anecdote and Fiction; Bibliography; Index

The warlord Cao Cao, founder of the Three Kingdoms state of Wei, is most commonly known through the romantic tradition of the novel Sanguo yanyi and other dramatic fictions, which portray him as cruel and vicious. In fact, however, Cao Cao was a fine strategist and politician who restored a measure of order after the political turmoil and civil war that brought the end of Han.The present work offers a detailed account of Cao Cao's life and times, using historical materials and the man's own words from official proclamations and personal poetry. Exceptionally for such a distant time, there is s

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This impressive volume is the culmination of a lifetime's work on Cao Cao, the Later Han chancellor, Three Kingdoms warlord, and, posthumously, Wei emperor. De Crespigny's study is the definitive work on this critical figure in any language. The image of Cao Cao and several of his defeated opponents has been shaped in the popular mind by subsequent fictionalizations, most recently in a major film, that are now core mythologies in Chinese culture. De Crespigny (Australian National Univ.) deals sensitively with the complex historical and literary issues involved in explaining Cao Cao, working through a thicket of frequently hostile sources with erudition and fairness. In addition to providing a painstaking narrative of the political and military events of Cao Cao's life, the author also devotes considerable attention to explaining the historiographical and literary issues involved in studying Cao Cao, summing up with the aptly titled section "Why Cao Cao?" The only regret one has in reading this book is that there isn't more scholarship like it available. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above. P. Lorge Vanderbilt University

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