HISTORY-Analysis Of Jonathan Spence’s Emperor Of China: Self-Portrait Of K’ang-Hsi


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A 1000-word (maximum) analysis


Consider how Kangxi’s emotions and experiences shaped his policies and practises and how imperial policies and practises guided his outlook and feelings.


Write a essay with a strong central argument that answers the question: Did personal contingencies define governance or did imperial traditions dictate decisions in the Kangxi era?


Your response must include specific examples from at least two sections of the book (i.e. “In Motion”, “Ruling”, “Thinking”, “Growing Old”, “Sons”, and “Valedictory”)


You do NOT need to do outside research. Remember: Brevity is an art.

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