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Branches of Heaven: A History of the Imperial Clan of Sung China
By the end of the Sung dynasty (960-1279), known descendants of the three Chao brothers who had founded the dynasty numbered over 20,000. Unlike the rulers of many other Chinese dynasties, however, the Sung emperors were not plagued by challenges to their rule from their relatives. So successful was Sung policy on the imperial clan that it would serve as a model for the su ...more
Hardcover, 441 pages
Published November 15th 1999 by Harvard University Press
(first published 1999)
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