The Empress Dowager Cixi (1835 - 1908) brought destruction to the Qing Dynasty, the last feudal dynasty in the long history of China. Written with remarkable charm and verve, this book is a delightful exploration of the life of an extraordinary woman leader and her long reign, relating both historical facts and apocryphal anecdotes about her private affairs. How did she climb from the bottom rung of the ladder as an ordinary ambitious girl to the top rung of power as an empress of China? How did she grow from an inexperienced girl to a mature politician who managed to maintain her sovereign status for 48 years? How many lovers, and how many murder victims can she claim?
About the Author
X. L. Woo has published a series of narrative histories of China with Algora Publishing. Mr. Woo graduated from the prestigious Zhongshan University (Sun Yat-Sen University) in Guangzhou, China, and taught English at East China Normal University in Shanghai for more than ten years, then came to the United States on a visiting professorship at Rutgers University. A bilingual writer and poet, he has published four books in Chinese and several books in English. His essays and columns in Chinese are published in US Chinese newspapers, and one of his novels was published in a local Chinese newspaper in serial form. His translations of poems from both English into Chinese and Chinese into English have been published in magazines in China and Hong Kong.
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In all the history of China, only two women ever conquered and held the heights of power. Both enjoyed long reigns characterized by ruthless intrigue; they maintained an iron grip at the center while the vast country was torn by rebellions and...
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Published: November 7 2008 19:17 | Last updated: November 7 2008 19:17
For a long time it looked as if the murderers of ChinaÂ’s second-to-last emperor were going to get away with it.
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LC Classification: DS763.63.C58 W66
Dewey code: DS763.63.C58 W66
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Price: USD 28.95
Price: USD 28.95