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Old January 11th, 2018, 12:50 PM   #1
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Best last emperor of Chinese dynasty


Of the last emperors of dynasties, who do you think was best?
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Old January 11th, 2018, 02:21 PM   #2
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I know it is out there - but Puyi might have a good case for being a good last emperor.

If not that how about Wu Zetain - first and last of the Later Zhou, though there was suspicions that her daughter Princess Taiping was toying with the idea of being the second Emperor of the Later Zhou - that is why she was ordered to commit suicide.
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Old January 11th, 2018, 03:39 PM   #3
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Of the last emperors of dynasties, who do you think was best?
How far back can we go?
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Old January 11th, 2018, 03:57 PM   #4
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Two smartest would be Liu Xie, Han Emperor Xian/Duke Shanyang & Yang Guang, Sui Emperor Yang.
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Old January 11th, 2018, 08:34 PM   #5
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If I may point out, the last emperors are so because they fail to meet the challenges facing the dynasties at the end. In short, they are, by definition, bad emperors.
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If I may point out, the last emperors are so because they fail to meet the challenges facing the dynasties at the end. In short, they are, by definition, bad emperors.
Depends.

Is Xiandi necessary a bad emperor? Most historians don't think so.
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I suggest the Yongle emperor as a candidate. Personally, I prefer him because of the Yongle Encyclopedia, which is supposedly the largest paper-based encyclopedia. And as we know, knowledge is power.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yongle_Encyclopedia

I am not a historian so I don't know what may lie within the apparently largest paper-based encyclopedia, but I suspect variations of early editions of the Huolongjing.

Of course, there are many more fascinations during his reign, including the famous treasure fleet and the restoration of the grand canal. Part of me also wondered what it'd be like for the Ming Dynasty to build towers everywhere similar to that of the porcelain tower of Nanjing under the Yongle emperor. Imagine, during the night, looking at all the towers with lamps shining at every level. Crazy thought.

"The tower was built with white porcelain bricks that were said to reflect the sun's rays during the day, and at night as many as 140 lamps were hung from the building to illuminate the tower."

If only...
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Yongle wasn't the last emperor of his dynasty though.
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Yongle wasn't the last emperor of his dynasty though.
Yeah, it's a very interesting period, it got to me :/
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