Dear Library Patrons, NYPL relies on readers like you to buy new bestsellers, science books for kids, GED and SAT guides, and so much more. Give before September 30 and your gift will be matched.

DONATE
[]
[]

The Forbidden City

Barmé, Geremie (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Forbidden City
Print

Series that include this title


Item Details

Harvard University Press

Read supplementary material prepared by Geremie Barmé

Read the Bldg Blog interview with Mary Beard about the Wonders of the World series(Part I and Part II)

The Forbidden City (Zijin Cheng) lying at the heart of Beijing formed the hub of the Celestial Empire for five centuries. Over the past century it has led a reduced life as the refuge for a deposed emperor, as well as a heritage museum for monarchist, republican, and socialist citizens, and it has been celebrated and excoriated as a symbol of all that was magnificent and terrible in dynastic China’s legacy.

The Forbidden City’s vermilion walls have fueled literary fantasies that have become an intrinsic part of its disputed and documented history. Mao Zedong even considered razing the entire structure to make way for the buildings of a new socialist China. The fictions surrounding the Forbidden City have also had an international reach, and writers like Franz Kafka, Elias Canetti, Jorge Luis Borges, and Mervyn Peake have all succumbed to its myths. The politics it enshrined have provided the vocabulary of power that is used in China to the present day, though it is now better known as a film set or the background of displays of opera, rock, and fashion.

Geremie Barmé peels away the veneer of power, secrecy, inscrutability, and passions of imperial China, to provide a new and original history of the culture, politics, and architecture of the Forbidden City. Designed to overawe the visitor with the power of imperial China, the Forbidden City remains one of the true wonders of the world.



Baker & Taylor
The author provides a new and original history of Beijing's historic Forbidden City in an illustrated study that peels away the veneer of power, secrecy, inscrutability, and passions of imperial China to reveal the culture, architecture, politics, and significance of the landmark.

Authors: Barmé, Geremie
Statement of Responsibility: Geremie R. Barmé
Title: The Forbidden City
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008
Characteristics: xxxi, 251 p. : ill., maps ; 20 cm.
Notes: "First published in the United Kingdom ... by Profile Books ... London"--Verso t.p
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: A palace of blood and tears
The architecture of hierarchy
Rise and decline
A day in the reign
The dowager
Within and without the palace
Three hundred years on
The banquet of history
Subject Headings: Forbidden City (Beijing, China) History
LCCN: 2007040893
ISBN: 0674027795
9780674027794
Branch Call Number: 951.156 B
MARC Display»

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Videos

Add a Video

There are no videos for this title yet.

Find it at NYPL

  Loading...

Buy It Now

Support your library, keep it forever!

View Purchase Options Learn more about this program

Your Cart

Hello! We noticed you have the following items in your cart right now:

If you'd still like to purchase the items you have in your cart, you can do that now.

You'll be able to purchase your eBook after you have checked out your current cart.

The Forbidden City
Barmé, Geremie
The Forbidden City

To continue with your eBook purchase immediately, you can clear your cart by clicking below.

All items will be removed from your cart.


I'd like to keep browsing! I'll decide later.

Explore Further


Browse the Shelf

Subject Headings


Recommendations

  Loading...

Powered by BiblioCommons.
app16 Version tobio (tobio) Last updated 2014/09/18 14:17