Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China (Paperback)

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Drawing on newly available sources, Jung Chang comprehensively overturns Cixi’s reputation as a conservative despot. Cixi’s extraordinary reign saw the birth of modern China. Under her, the ancient country attained industries, railways, electricity, and a military with up-to-date weaponry. She abolished foot-binding, inaugurated women’s liberation, and embarked on a path to introduce voting rights. Packed with drama, this groundbreaking biography powerfully reforms our view of a crucial period in China’s—and the world’s—history. 

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In 1852, at age sixteen, Cixi was chosen as one of Emperor Xianfeng’s numerous concubines. When he died in 1861, their five-year-old son succeeded to the throne. Cixi at once launched a coup against her son’s regents and placed herself as the true source of power—governing through a silk screen that separated her from her male officials.

Drawing on newly available sources, Jung Chang comprehensively overturns Cixi’s reputation as a conservative despot. Cixi’s extraordinary reign saw the birth of modern China. Under her, the ancient country attained industries, railways, electricity, and a military with up-to-date weaponry. She abolished foot-binding, inaugurated women’s liberation, and embarked on a path to introduce voting rights. Packed with drama, this groundbreaking biography powerfully reforms our view of a crucial period in China’s—and the world’s—history. 

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ISBN 9780307456700
Length (cm) 16.0000
Width (cm) 4.0000
Height (cm) 24.0000
Publisher Anchor
Publication Date Sep 9, 2014
Pages (number) 464
Genre History, Politics, and Social Sciences
Author Jung Chang
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Format Paperback
Editorial Reviews

"In an entertaining biography, the empress finally has her day." - Kirkus Reviews

"When an author as thorough, gifted, and immersed in Chinese culture as Chang writes, both scholars and general readers take notice." - Booklist Online

"Memoirist Chang (Wild Swans) melds her deep knowledge of Chinese history with deft storytelling to unravel the empress dowager's behind-the-throne efforts to "Make China Strong" by developing international trade, building railroads and utilities, expanding education, and constructing a modern military." - Publishers Weekly

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