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

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

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Describes how Empress Dowager Cixi - the most important woman in Chinese history - brought a medieval empire into the modern age.

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This is from the bestselling author of Wild Swans and Mao: The Unknown Story. 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. "Powerful". (Simon Sebag Montefiore). "Truly authoritative". (New York Times). "Wonderful". (Sunday Times). It is shortlisted for the James Tait Black Biography Prize.

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SKU GOR006068020
Title Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
Author By (author) Jung Chang
Contributor No
Condition GOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Vintage
Year Published 2014
Page Number 528
ISBN 0099532395
ISBN13 9780099532392
Cover Note Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Prizes No
Edition Text N/A
Note This is a used book. We do our best to provide good quality books for you to read, but there is no escaping the fact that it has been owned and read by someone else previously. Therefore it will show signs of wear and may be an ex library book.
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