Rafe de Crespigny
The Later Han dynasty, also known as Eastern Han, ruled China for the first two centuries of the Christian era. Comparable in extent and power to the early Roman empire, it dominated east Asia from present-day Vietnam to the Mongolian steppe.
Rafe de Crespigny presents here the first full account of this period in Chinese history to be found in a Western language. Commencing with a detailed account of the imperial capital, the history describes the nature of government, the expansion of the Chinese people to the south, the conflicts of scholars and officials with eunuchs at court, and the final collapse which followed the rebellion of the Yellow Turbans and the rise of regional warlords.
Table of Contents:
Introduction: The emperors of Han; Chronology of the later Han dynasty
Emperor Ming and Emperor Zhang (57-88)
The reign of Emperor He (88-106)
The Dowager Deng and Emperor An (106-125)
The reign of Emperor Shun (125-144)
The hegemony of Liang Ji (144-159)
Emperor Huan and the eunuchs (159-168)
Emperor Ling : disordered government (169-184)
End of an empire (185-189)
Epilogues and conclusions