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This is an auction for THE FIRST EMPEROR OF CHINA: THE STORY BEHIND THE TERRACOTTA ARMY OF MOUNT LI, by Arthur Cotterell.

Amazon.com review:

“Cotterell gives a clear-eyed depiction of the first emperor and what he stood for. And the picture that emerges is perhaps the ultimate expression of far-right-wing ideology, although Qin Shi Huang and his Legalists were considerably more articulate than either Adolf Hitler or Genghis Khan. For anyone curious about where supremism leads when taken to its horrifically logical conclusion, this is it."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

From Wikipedia:

"Qin Shi Huang (260–210 BC) was the King of the State of Qin who conquered other warring states and united them into one kingdom in 221 BC. The title emperor (huangdi) would continue to be borne by Chinese rulers for the next two millennia. During his reign, his generals greatly expanded the size of the Chinese state. Qin Shi Huang also worked with his minister Li Si to enact major economic and political reforms aimed at the standardization of the diverse practices of the earlier Chinese states. This process also led to the banning and burning of many books and the execution of recalcitrant scholars. His public works projects included the unification of diverse state walls into a single Great Wall of China and a massive new national road system, as well as the city-sized mausoleum guarded by the life-sized Terracotta Army. He ruled until his death, which occurred in 210 BC despite his search for an elixir of immortality..."

Large format Penguin paperback 1989.

208 pages.

Photographs and other illustrations throughout.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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