ancient china, chinese emperors, chinese history, cultural traditions, emperor, emperor kangxi, historical governance, kangxi, merit-based selection, palace intrigue, political strategy, qing dynasty, successor

The Emperor’s Dilemma: Selecting a Successor in Ancient China

In ancient times, an emperor’s selection of a successor was a matter of paramount importance, a decision that could not be taken lightly. The future of the “realm” rested on this choice: Which son would inherit the throne? Who possessed the capability and wisdom to sustain a nation? With only one crown for the taking, ...

Michael Segarty

'The Kangxi Emperor's Southern Inspection Tour.'