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11 DECEMBER EMPEROR QIANLONG : RENAISSANCE RULER  - LECTURER DAVID ROSIER

This talk is about Emperor Qianlong, one of China’s greatest and most fortunate emperors. He became Emperor at the age of twenty- five, ruled for sixty years from 1735 to 1796 and lived to the age of eighty-nine. (He ceded the throne in 1796).  European rulers who also ruled during his reign include Catherine the Great of Russia, Frederick the Great of Prussia, Louis XV and XVI of France, and George II and III of Great Britain.
In Imperial China the Emperor was called the Son of Heaven (Tianzi) and was often referred to as the True Dragon (Zhen Long).
Emperor Qianlong was arguably the greatest of all Qing Emperors as he guided China through a period of unquestionable political, economic and cultural prosperity which rivalled any comparable period of high achievement in Chinese history.
Territorially Qianlong added more than 30 per cent of land-mass to the Empire through successful military campaigns and astute diplomacy. He was passionate about preserving Manchu culture whilst respecting and nurturing other ethnic Chinese cultures. Qianlong travelled his Empire regularly undertaking lavish expeditions to the South and West designed to forge loyalty to his Imperial rule.
Despite all these successes as a ruler it is in the fields of the sciences, arts and culture that Qianlong made the greatest contribution to China’s heritage.
Qianlong was a noted scholar who during his lifetime wrote and published over 43,000 poems, painted on virtually a daily basis and was accomplished in the art of calligraphy.
It was perhaps as a Collector of Fine Art that Qianlong created his greatest legacy. He amassed a treasure trove of hundreds of thousands of works of art from previous dynasties or which represented the finest current workmanship. His collection spanned all genres of the arts including paintings, porcelain, jade, textiles, enamelling, ivory carvings and snuff bottles.
This lecture will provide an insight into Qianlong not only as a successful Emperor of China but also as a scholar and ‘This talk is about Emperor Qianlong, one of China’s greatest and most fortunate emperors. He became Emperor at the age of twenty- five, ruled for sixty years from 1735 to 1796 and lived to the age of eighty-nine. (He ceded the throne in 1796).  European rulers who also ruled during his reign include Catherine the Great of Russia, Frederick the Great of Prussia, Louis XV and XVI of France, and George II and III of Great Britain.
In Imperial China the Emperor was called the Son of Heaven (Tianzi) and was often referred to as the True Dragon (Zhen Long).



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