History

Empress Dowager Cixi

Empress Dowager Cixi

Author: Jung Chang

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448191420

Category: History

Page: 528

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Discover the extraordinary story of the woman who brought China into the modern age, from the bestselling author of Wild Swans 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 Times **Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Biography Prize**
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.
China

Images, ideas and reality

Images, ideas and reality

Author: Shiou-Yun Fang

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:166703846

Category: China

Page: 413

View: 958

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

Page:

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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.

The Empress Dowager Cixi and the Development of Modern China

The Empress Dowager Cixi and the Development of Modern China

Author: Susin Seow

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:37494942

Category:

Page: 180

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History

Empress Dowager Cixi

Empress Dowager Cixi

Author: X. L. Woo

Publisher: Algora Publishing

ISBN: 9780875861661

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 409

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.

Two Years in the Forbidden City

Two Years in the Forbidden City

Author: Princess Der Ling

Publisher:

ISBN: 1701081539

Category:

Page: 314

View: 805

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.

Two Years in the Forbidden City

Two Years in the Forbidden City

Author: Princess Der Ling

Publisher:

ISBN: 1702630234

Category:

Page: 314

View: 553

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.

Two Years in the Forbidden City

Two Years in the Forbidden City

Author: Princess Der Ling

Publisher:

ISBN: 1081995971

Category:

Page: 267

View: 312

Two Years In The Forbidden City For a long time, Princess Der Ling was the most loved woman in-holding up to the Empress Dowager Cixi in the magnificent royal residence in Beijing. This book gives an exceptional and shockingly close representation of the Dragon Lady, who ruled China for a long time, and carried the nation to the edge of decimation. Der Ling alludes to the bigger political setting on numerous events. What develops is a private representation of the the life and character of the Empress Dowager, and a feeling of the inward activities of the exceptionally hidden universe of the royal castle.

Selected Biographies of Chinese Empress Dowager in Major Dynasties

Selected Biographies of Chinese Empress Dowager in Major Dynasties

Author: Ji Lu

Publisher: DeepLogic

ISBN:

Category:

Page:

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The book is the volume of "Selected Biographies of Chinese Empress Dowager in Major Dynasties" among a series of books for "100 Biographies on Chinese Historical Figures".

Cixi

Cixi

Author: Sean Price

Publisher:

ISBN: 0329692003

Category:

Page: 128

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A biography of Empress Dowager Cixi who ruled over China from 1861 through 1908 that discusses how she rose to power and the challenges she faced as a leader.
History

History of Customs in the Qing Dynasty

History of Customs in the Qing Dynasty

Author: Li Shi

Publisher: DeepLogic

ISBN:

Category: History

Page:

View: 969

The book is the volume of “History of Customs in the Qing Dynasty” among a series of books of “Deep into China Histories”. The earliest known written records of the history of China date from as early as 1250 BC, from the Shang dynasty (c. 1600–1046 BC) and the Bamboo Annals (296 BC) describe a Xia dynasty (c. 2070–1600 BC) before the Shang, but no writing is known from the period The Shang ruled in the Yellow River valley, which is commonly held to be the cradle of Chinese civilization. However, Neolithic civilizations originated at various cultural centers along both the Yellow River and Yangtze River. These Yellow River and Yangtze civilizations arose millennia before the Shang. With thousands of years of continuous history, China is one of the world's oldest civilizations, and is regarded as one of the cradles of civilization.The Zhou dynasty (1046–256 BC) supplanted the Shang and introduced the concept of the Mandate of Heaven to justify their rule. The central Zhou government began to weaken due to external and internal pressures in the 8th century BC, and the country eventually splintered into smaller states during the Spring and Autumn period. These states became independent and warred with one another in the following Warring States period. Much of traditional Chinese culture, literature and philosophy first developed during those troubled times.In 221 BC Qin Shi Huang conquered the various warring states and created for himself the title of Huangdi or "emperor" of the Qin, marking the beginning of imperial China. However, the oppressive government fell soon after his death, and was supplanted by the longer-lived Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). Successive dynasties developed bureaucratic systems that enabled the emperor to control vast territories directly. In the 21 centuries from 206 BC until AD 1912, routine administrative tasks were handled by a special elite of scholar-officials. Young men, well-versed in calligraphy, history, literature, and philosophy, were carefully selected through difficult government examinations. China's last dynasty was the Qing (1644–1912), which was replaced by the Republic of China in 1912, and in the mainland by the People's Republic of China in 1949.Chinese history has alternated between periods of political unity and peace, and periods of war and failed statehood – the most recent being the Chinese Civil War (1927–1949). China was occasionally dominated by steppe peoples, most of whom were eventually assimilated into the Han Chinese culture and population. Between eras of multiple kingdoms and warlordism, Chinese dynasties have ruled parts or all of China; in some eras control stretched as far as Xinjiang and Tibet, as at present. Traditional culture, and influences from other parts of Asia and the Western world (carried by waves of immigration, cultural assimilation, expansion, and foreign contact), form the basis of the modern culture of China.