The Forbidden City

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Harvard University Press, 2008 - Architecture - 251 pages
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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.

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Covering almost 178 acres, the Forbidden City in the center of Beijing was designed to be an earthly expression of the Chinese celestial emperor's majesty, inspiring awe in his subjects. Though the ... Read full review

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Geremie R.Barm is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Australian National University. He is the author of "Shades of Mao: The Posthumous Career of a Great Leader" and the editor of several books, including (with Linda Jaivin) "New Ghosts. Old Dreams: Chinese Rebel Voices" and (with John Minford) "Seeds of Fire: Chinese Voices of Conscience." He has also translated two volumes of Chinese essays and was a coauthor of and advisor for the documentary film "The Gate of Heavenly Peace.

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