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Empress Dowager Cixi : the concubine who launched modern China, Jung Chang

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Empress Dowager Cixi : the concubine who launched modern China
Title
Empress Dowager Cixi
Title remainder
the concubine who launched modern China
Statement of responsibility
Jung Chang
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) is the most important woman in Chinese history. She ruled China for decades and brought a medieval empire into the modern age. At the age of 16, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor's numerous concubines and sexual partners. When he died in 1861, their 5-year-old son succeeded to the throne. Cixi at once launched a palace coup against the regents appointed by her husband and made herself the real ruler of China - behind the throne, literally, with a silk screen separating her from her officials who were all male. In this ground-breaking biography, Jung Chang vividly describes how Cixi fought against monumental obstacles to change China. Under her the ancient country attained virtually all the attributes of a modern state: industries, railways, electricity, telegraph, and an army and navy with up-to-date weaponry. It was she who abolished gruesome punishments like 'death by a thousand cuts' and put an end to foot-binding. She inaugurated women's liberation, and embarked on the path to introduce parliamentary elections to China. Jung Chang comprehensively overturns the conventional view of Cixi as a die-hard conservative and cruel despot. Cixi reigned during extraordinary times and had to deal with a host of major national crises: the Taiping and Boxer Rebellions, wars with France and Japan - and the invasion by 8 allied powers including Britain, Germany, Russia and the United States. Jung Chang not only records the Empress Dowager's conduct of domestic and foreign affairs, but 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. The world Jung Chang describes here, in fascinating detail, seems almost unbelievable in its extraordinary mixture of the very old and the very new. Based on newly available, mostly Chinese, historical documents such as court records, official and private correspondence, diaries and eye-witness accounts, this biography will revolutionise historical thinking about a crucial period in China's - and the world's - history. 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
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
AU@
Dewey number
  • 951/.035092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Intended audience
General
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Empress Dowager Cixi : the concubine who launched modern China, Jung Chang
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Empress Dowager Cixi : the concubine who launched modern China, Jung Chang
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
still image
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • I. The imperial concubine in stormy times (1835-1861) -- Concubine to an emperor (1835-56) -- From the Opium War to the burning of the old Summer Palace (1839-60) -- Emperor Xianfeng dies (1860-61) -- The coup that changed China -- II. Reigning behind her sons' throne (1861-1875) -- First step on the long road to modernity (1861-9) -- Virgin journeys to the west (1861-71) -- Love doomed -- A vendetta against the west (1869-71) -- Life and death of Emperor Tongzhi (1861-1875) -- III. Ruling through an adopted son (1875-1889) -- A three-year-old is made emperor -- Modernisation accelerates (1875-89) -- Defender of the empire (1875-89) -- IV. Emperor Guangxu takes over (1889-1898) -- Guangxu alienated from Cixi (1875-94) -- The Summer Palace (1886-94) -- In retirement and in leisure (1889-94) -- War with Japan -- A peace that ruined China (1895) -- The scramble for China (1895-8) -- V. To the front of the stage (1898-1901) -- The reforms of 1898 (1898) -- A plot to kill Cixi (September 1898) -- Desperate to dethrone her adopted son (1898-1900) -- To war against the world powers: with the Boxers (1899-1900) -- Fighting to a bitter end (1900) -- Flight (1900-1) -- Remorse (1900-1) -- VI. The real revolution of modern China (1901-1908) -- Return to Beijing (1901-2) -- Making friends with westerners (1902-7) -- Cixi's revolution (1902-8) -- The vote! (1905-8) -- Coping with insurgencies, assassins and the Japanese (1902-8) -- Deaths -- Epilogue: China after Empress Dowager Cixi
  • I. The imperial concubine in stormy times (1835-1861) -- Concubine to an emperor (1835-56) -- From the Opium War to the burning of the old Summer Palace (1839-60) -- Emperor Xianfeng dies (1860-61) -- The coup that changed China -- II. Reigning behind her sons' throne (1861-1875) -- First step on the long road to modernity (1861-9) -- Virgin journeys to the west (1861-71) -- Love doomed -- A vendetta against the west (1869-71) -- Life and death of Emperor Tongzhi (1861-1875) -- III. Ruling through an adopted son (1875-1889) -- A three-year-old is made emperor -- Modernisation accelerates (1875-89) -- Defender of the empire (1875-89) -- IV. Emperor Guangxu takes over (1889-1898) -- The education of Emperor Guangxu (1875-94) -- The Summer Palace (1886-94) -- In retirement and in leisure (1889-94) -- War with Japan -- A peace that ruined China -- The scramble for China (1895-8) -- V. To the front of the stage (1898-1901) -- The reforms of 1898 -- A plot to kill Cixi (september 1898) -- Desperate to dethrone her adopted son (1898-1900) -- To war against the world powers: with the Boxers (1899-1900) -- Fighting to a bitter end -- Flight (1900-1) -- Remorse (1900-1) -- VI. The real revolution of modern China (1901-1908) -- Return to Beijing (1901-2) -- Making friends with westerners (1902-7) -- Cixi's revolution (1902-8) -- The vote! (1905-8) -- Coping with insurgencies, assassins and the Japanese (1902-8) -- Deaths -- Epilogue: China after Empress Dowager Cixi
  • At the age of sixteen, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of Emperor Xianfeng's numerous concubines and sexual partners. When Xianfeng died in 1861, their five-year-old son Tongzhi became the next emperor. Cixi at once launched a palace coup, ousted the regents appointed by her husband and made herself the real ruler of China - behind the throne, literally, with a silk screen separating her from her male officials. In this ground-breaking biography, Jung Chang vividly describes how Cixi fought against monumental obstacles to change China. Based on newly available, mostly Chinese, historical documents, this biography will revolutionise historical thinking about a crucial period in China's - and the world's - history. 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
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24 cm.
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Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 436 p., 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780224087438
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013020766
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour), maps, portraits,
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a2082149
  • (OCoLC)859740922

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