Empress Dowager Cixi

The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

Jung Chang

Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN13: 9780099532392
Published: July 2014

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From the bestselling author of Wild Swans and Mao- The Unknown StoryIn 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 andalso 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.'Powerful? Simon Sebag Montefiore'Truly authoritative? New York Times'Wonderful? Sunday TimesShortlisted for the James Tait Black Biography Prize

  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • ISBN13: 9780099532392
  • Published: July 2014
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Number of pages: 528
  • Width (mm): 129
  • Height (mm): 198
  • Depth (mm): 33
  • Weight (g): 463


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