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Empress Dowager CIXI : The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
by Jung Chang


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A New York Times Notable Book
An NPR Best Book of the Year
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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A New York Times Notable Book
An NPR Best Book of the Year
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-13: 9780307456700
  • ISBN-10: 0307456706
  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Publish Date: September 2014
  • Page Count: 464


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