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

Empress Dowager Cixi : the concubine who launched modern China

Chang, Jung, 1952- (Author).

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  • ISBN: 9780307271600
  • Physical Description: xiii, 436 pages, [24] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First American Edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.

Content descriptions

General Note: "This is a Borzoi book" -- T.p. verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [403]-415) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 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 -- Modernization 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.
Summary, etc.: 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.
Subject: Cixi, Empress dowager of China, 1835-1908.
Empresses > China > Biography.
China > Politics and government > 19th century.
China > History > 1861-1912.

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