The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City, by Geremie R. Barmé, London: Profile Books/Cambridge, Ma.: Harvard University Press, 2008.


Timeline Additions

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page xxi '1403: Zhu Di usurps the throne.' He usurped the throne (and actually ascended it and began to reign) in July 1402 and adopted the era name Yongle in 1403. [EW]

Due to the nature of this truncated timeline, many events related to the history of the Forbidden City and its surrounds have not been included. Two worth mentioning here are:

page xxv 4 May 1919, demonstrations took place in the (then) small area in front of Tiananmen Gate. The student-led demonstrations were patriotic, and anti-Japanese, in nature. The date 4 May would achieve iconic status thereafter and the area in front of Tiananmen would become a place of regular public demonstration and protest thereafter.

page xxx On 13 July 2001, when the International Olympic Committee announced that China had been awarded the 2008 Olympic Games there were mass celebrations in Tiananmen. (Regarding major celebrations and demonstrations in Tiananmen from 1976, see also page 172.)