History

Empress Dowager Cixi

Empress Dowager Cixi

Author: Jung Chang

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 9780385350372

Category: History

Page: 448

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A New York Times Notable Book 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 sixteen, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor’s numerous concubines. When he died in 1861, their five-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 groundbreaking 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, the 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. Chang comprehensively overturns the conventional view of Cixi as a diehard 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 an invasion by eight 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—one of whom she fell in love, with tragic consequences. The world 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 Based on newly available, mostly Chinese, historical documents such as court records, official and private correspondence, diaries and eyewitness accounts, this biography will revolutionize historical thinking about a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 & Autobiography

Empress Dowager Cixi

Empress Dowager Cixi

Author: Jung Chang

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

ISBN: 0307271609

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 436

View: 757

A portrait of the nineteenth-century empress covers the coup that made her regent after her father's death, her defiance of centuries of traditions and formalities, and her role in introducing Western political ideas and technologies.
History

Empress Dowager Cixi

Empress Dowager Cixi

Author: X. L. Woo

Publisher: Algora Publishing

ISBN: 9781892941886

Category: History

Page: 232

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In all the history of China, only two women ever conquered and held the heights of power. Both enjoyed long reigns characterized by ruthless intrigue; they maintained an iron grip at the center while the vast country was torn by rebellions and caught up in foreign wars. Through their policy decisions as well as their personal foibles, both left a deep imprint in history and in the minds of the Chinese people, fueling literature and legend. Fighting to maintain her power base, Empress Cixi struggled with the need to modernize the painfully backward empire she had inherited while honoring age-old traditions. She studied previous rulers' failures and achievements, and especially followed the example of another Chinese woman leader, Wu-Hou, who had elevated herself from concubine to empress some 1200 years earlier.
Biography & Autobiography

Summary of Jung Chang's Empress Dowager Cixi

Summary of Jung Chang's Empress Dowager Cixi

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC

ISBN: 9798822545267

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 The Empress Dowager Cixi, who ruled China from 1851 to 1908, came from one of the oldest and most prestigious Manchu families. The Manchus invaded China in 1644 and installed a new dynasty called the Great Qing. The Han and Manchus lived together peacefully, but the Manchus regarded themselves as Chinese. #2 The ruling family, the Aisin-Gioros, produced a succession of able and hard-working emperors, who were absolute monarchs. The seat of the throne was the Forbidden City, which was surrounded by a magnificent wall. #3 Cixi’s family had been government employees for generations. She was well-off, and her childhood was carefree. She learned to read and write Chinese, and developed a wide range of interests. #4 Cixi’s lack of formal education was made up for by her intuitive intelligence, which she used from a young age. She was able to talk to her father about things that were normally closed areas for women.

Two Years in the Forbidden City

Two Years in the Forbidden City

Author: Princess Der Ling

Publisher:

ISBN: 1701081539

Category:

Page: 314

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Two Years In The Forbidden City This book is about the small or hidden parts of Empress Dowager Cixi who was known to effectively controlled the chinese goverment in the late Ching Dynasty for 47 years. Empress Dowager Cixi was a concubine for Xianfeng Emperor and later became the empress dowager as soon as her son become the Tongzhi Emperor after the death of Xianfeng. She later appointed her nephew to become the next emperor on the death of her son.The Empress Dowager although known to refused to adopt the western model of goverment, she however supported the technological and military reform to strengthen the goverment. Princess Derling wrote this memoirs during her involvement with the empress. Her father was one of the goverment member and had sent her for western schools for education. She was then well versed with English and French.Apart from doing the court ladies work, she did all the interpretation as and when Empress Dowager Cixi attended to foreign visitors. Empress Dowager Cixi The Last Empress Of China This book, Two Years In the Forbidden City is about the hidden story or small details from the perspective of the court lady whom the empress had favoured. In her view, Empress Dowager Cixi is not the monster of depravity depicted in the popular press and in the second and third hand accounts left by foreigners who had lived in Beijing. The Last Empress Of China was actually to her an aging woman who loved beautiful things, had many regrets about the past and the way she had dealt with the many crises of her long reign, and apparently trusted Der Ling enough to share many memories and opinions with her. Read the whole 20 Chapters about Empress Dowager Cixi in this interesting book Two Years In The Forbidden City and get your copy from us today.
History

Empress Dowager Cixi

Empress Dowager Cixi

Author: X. L. Woo

Publisher: Algora Publishing

ISBN: 9780875861661

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 775

In all the history of China, only two women ever conquered and held the heights of power. Both enjoyed long reigns characterized by ruthless intrigue; they maintained an iron grip at the center while the vast country was torn by rebellions and caught up i.
Social Science

Imperial Masquerade

Imperial Masquerade

Author: Grant Hayter-Menzies

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9622098819

Category: Social Science

Page: 444

View: 536

"Imperial Masquerade: The Legend of Princess Der Ling, the first biography of one of the twentieth century's most intriguing cross-cultural personalities, traces not only the life of Princess Der Ling, in all its various transformations, but offers a fresh look at the woman she lionized and, ultimately, betrayed - the Empress Dowager Cixi, to whom, like Der Ling, many legends have been affixed over the past century. The book also depicts the changing worlds of Paris, Tokyo and the other international stages of Der Ling's development as woman and as mystery, and deals with the many teachers who made her who she was." --Book Jacket.
China

Letters from China

Letters from China

Author: Sarah Pike Conger

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105117207444

Category: China

Page: 544

View: 702

An American woman visiting China relates her experiences and offers insights into Chinese society and culture.
Biography & Autobiography

Two Years in the Forbidden City

Two Years in the Forbidden City

Author: Princess Der Ling

Publisher: e-artnow

ISBN: 9788026897606

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 200

View: 972

Two Years in the Forbidden City is the memoir by Princess Der Ling about her life in the service of Empress Dowager Cixi, where she was the First lady-in-waiting, as well as interpreter for her when she received foreign visitors. The book provides unique insights into life at the Manchu court and the character of the Empress, a world that ended abruptly with the 1911 revolution that overthrew the Manchu or Qing dynasty.
Biography & Autobiography

China Under the Empress Dowager

China Under the Empress Dowager

Author: J. O. P. Bland

Publisher: Earnshaw Books

ISBN: 988186674X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 524

View: 878

One of the most popular and controversial Chinese history books ever written, this account explores the Forbidden City during the reign of Empress Dowager Cixi (1861–1908). Entertaining and enlightening, this record examines a world of power-thirsty eunuchs, concubines, and Mandarins. Filled with intrigue, bitter antagonism, and ruthless reprisals and predicting the fall of the Qing dynasty, this history is heavily based on Chinese source materials, some of which may have been fabricated.
China

With the Empress Dowager

With the Empress Dowager

Author: Katharine Augusta Carl

Publisher:

ISBN: UCLA:31158010324167

Category: China

Page: 388

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Katharine Augusta Carl was an American portrait painter and author. She made paintings of notable and royal people in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She spent nine months in China in 1903 painting a portrait of the Empress Dowager Cixi for the St. Louis Exposition. On her return to America, she published a book about her experience, titled With the Empress Dowager. Carl spent a total of nine months in China and painted four portraits of the Empress Dowager, later recording her memories as the only western foreigner to live within the precincts of the Chinese imperial court in its last days. She stayed there under the provision that she did not share information about the Forbidden City. About creation of the painting she wrote: "I was obliged to follow, in every detail, centuries-old conventions. There could be no shadows and very little perspective, and everything must be painted in such full light as to lose all relief and picturesque effect. When I saw I must represent Her Majesty in such a conventional way as to make her unusually attractive personality banal, I was no longer filled with the ardent enthusiasm for my work with which I had begun it, and I had many a heartache and much inward rebellion before I settled on the inevitable."
Drugs

Imperial Medicaments

Imperial Medicaments

Author: 陳可冀

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B645649

Category: Drugs

Page: 348

View: 666