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Empress Dowager Cixi : the concubine who launched modern China

By: Chang, Jung

0099532395 / 9780099532392
Paperback
951.035092
01/07/2014
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England
20 cm xvii, 436 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 2013.

From the bestselling author of Wild Swans, comes the extraordinary story of the woman who brought China into the modern age. In this groundbreaking biography, Jung Chang vividly describes how Empress Dowager Cixi - the most important woman in Chinese history - brought a medieval empire into the modern age.

Under her, the ancient country attained virtually all the attributes of a modern state and it was she who abolished gruesome punishments like `death by a thousand cuts' and put an end to foot-binding.

Jung Chang comprehensively overturns the conventional view of Cixi as a diehard conservative and cruel despot and also takes the reader into the depths of her splendid Summer Palace and the harem of Beijing's Forbidden City, where she lived surrounded by eunuchs - with one of whom she fell in love, with tragic consequences. Packed with drama, fast-paced and gripping, it is both a panoramic depiction of the birth of modern China and an intimate portrait of a woman: as the concubine to a monarch, as the absolute ruler of a third of the world's population, and as a unique stateswoman. `Powerful' Simon Sebag Montefiore`Truly authoritative' New York Times`Wonderful' Sunday TimesShortlisted for the James Tait Black Biography Prize

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1FPC China, 3JH c 1800 to c 1900, 3JJC c 1900 - c 1914, BGH Biography: historical, political & military, HBJF Asian history, HBLL Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, HBLW 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

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