The Life and Times of Sui Yangdi
Victor C. Xiong, Professor of History, Western Michigan University
Monday, November 21, 2005
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
In this talk, based on his just published book, Emperor Yang of the Sui Dynasty (SUNY 2005), Victor Cunrui Xiong will focus on one of the most maligned sovereigns in Chinese history, Yangdi (r. 604–618), examining his accomplishments and failures, his personal ambitions and character flaws, his rise to power and calamitous fall, in the larger context of Sui history.
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Victor Cunrui Xiong is professor of history at Western Michigan University. He is the author of Sui-Tang Chang’an: A Study in the Urban History of Medieval China (Center for Chinese Studies, U of Michigan, 2000) and more than twenty articles on premodern Chinese history; he was editor of the journal Early Medieval China (1994–1999); and is now finishing up A Historical Dictionary of Medieval China (Scarecrow Press) while working on an annotated translation of the Shitong (“The anatomy of histories,” by the Tang historiographer Liu Zhiji).
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Tel: 310 825-8683
Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies