Empress Dowager Cixi
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Empress Dowager Cixi

The Concubine Who Launched Modern China. Nominated for the James Tait Black Award for Biography 2014
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ISBN-13:
9780099532392
Einband:
B-format paperback
Seiten:
528
Autor:
Jung Chang
Gewicht:
486 g
Format:
197x130x29 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:
From the bestselling author of Wild Swans and Mao: The Unknown Story, the extraordinary story of the woman who single-handedly dragged China into the modern age
From the bestselling author of Wild Swans and Mao: The Unknown Story, the extraordinary story of the woman who single-handedly dragged China into the modern age
From the bestselling author of Wild Swans, comes the extraordinary story of the woman who brought China into the modern age.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

Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Biography Prize