Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

By | June 26, 2017
Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China Author Jung Chang
ISBN-10 0307456706
ISBN-13 9780307456700
Year 2014-09-09
Pages 464
Language English
Publisher Anchor
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A New York Times Notable BookAn NPR Best Book of the Year In 1852 at age sixteen Cixi was chosen as one of Emperor Xianfengs numerous concubines When he died in 1861 their five year old son succeeded to the throne Cixi at once launched a coup against her sons regents and placed herself as the true source of powergoverning through a silk screen that separated her from her male officials Drawing on newly available sources Jung Chang comprehensively overturns Cixis reputation as a conservative despot Cixis 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 womens 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 Chinasand the worldshistory

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