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The Resource Empress Dowager Cixi : the concubine who launched modern China, Jung Chang

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

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Empress Dowager Cixi : the concubine who launched modern China
Title
Empress Dowager Cixi
Title remainder
the concubine who launched modern China
Statement of responsibility
Jung Chang
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this biography, Jung Chang 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 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 with whom she fell in love, with tragic consequences. The world Chang describes here 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 Based on newly available, mostly Chinese, historical documents such as court records, official and private correspondence, diaries, and eyewitness accounts, this biography will revolutionize historical thinking about a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
Summary
Chosen as one of the Emperor's concubines at age 16, Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908) ruled China for decades and brought a medieval empire into the modern age. Upon the Emperor's death in 1861, their 5-year-old son ascended to the throne; Cixi overthrew the appointed regents, to become the true power behind the throne (a silk screen literally separated her from her all-male advisors during briefings). She abolished tortuous punishements, inaugurated women’s liberation, moved China toward more egalitarian means of rulership. - Description by Katherine Bradley Johnson
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New York Times Notable Book, 2013
Biography type
individual biography
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10225115
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 951/.035092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DS763.63.C58
LC item number
C43 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
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the concubine who launched modern China
Label
Empress Dowager Cixi : the concubine who launched modern China, Jung Chang
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Publication
Copyright
Note
"This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 403-415) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The imperial concubine in stormy times (1835-1861) -- Reigning behind her sons' throne (1861-1875) -- Ruling through an adopted son (1875-1889) -- Emperor Guangxu takes over (1889-1898) -- To the front of the stage (1898-1901) -- The real revolution of modern China (1901-1908) -- Epilogue: China after Empress Dowager Cixi
Control code
ocn841899090
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xiii, 436 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780307271600
Lccn
2013020766
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40022925509
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a484061
  • (OCoLC)841899090
Label
Empress Dowager Cixi : the concubine who launched modern China, Jung Chang
Publication
Copyright
Note
"This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 403-415) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The imperial concubine in stormy times (1835-1861) -- Reigning behind her sons' throne (1861-1875) -- Ruling through an adopted son (1875-1889) -- Emperor Guangxu takes over (1889-1898) -- To the front of the stage (1898-1901) -- The real revolution of modern China (1901-1908) -- Epilogue: China after Empress Dowager Cixi
Control code
ocn841899090
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xiii, 436 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780307271600
Lccn
2013020766
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40022925509
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a484061
  • (OCoLC)841899090

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