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Empress Dowager Cixi

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Empress Dowager Cixi Synopsis

Discover the extraordinary story of the woman who brought China into the modern age, from the bestselling author of Wild Swans

In this groundbreaking biography, Jung Chang vividly describes how Empress Dowager Cixi - the most important woman in Chinese history - brought a medieval empire into the modern age. Under her, the ancient country attained virtually all the attributes of a modern state and it was she who abolished gruesome punishments like 'death by a thousand cuts' and put an end to foot-binding. Jung Chang comprehensively overturns the conventional view of Cixi as a diehard conservative and cruel despot and 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 - with one of whom she fell in love, with tragic consequences.

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.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780099532392
Publication date: 3rd July 2014
Author: Jung Chang
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 528 pages
Primary Genre Biographies & Autobiographies
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