Empress Dowager CIXI: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China (Anchor Books)

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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
Pagini: 464
Dimensiuni: 155 x 231 x 36 mm
Greutate: 0.7 kg
Editura: Anchor Books
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Jung Chang is the best-selling author of Wild Swans (1991, which the Asian Wall Street Journal called the most read book about China), and Mao: The Unknown Story (2005, with Jon Halliday), which was described by Time Magazine as 'an atom bomb of a book'. Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages and sold more than 15 million copies outside mainland China where they are both banned.. She was born in China in 1952, and came to Britain in 1978. She lives in London.