China Under the Empress Dowager

China Under the Empress Dowager : The History of the Life and Times of Tzu Hsi

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One of the most popular and controversial Chinese history books ever written, China under the Empress Dowager is also one of the best. Authors Bland and Backhouse take you inside the Forbidden City during the reign of Empress Dowager Cixi (1861-1908), a world of power-thirsty eunuchs, concubines and Mandarins, intrigue, bitter antagonism and ruthless reprisals. The book was unique for its time in its use of sometime controversial Chinese source materials. As entertaining as it is enlightening, the book that presaged the fall of the Qing dynasty is as readable today as it ever was.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 552 pages
  • 146 x 210 x 38.1mm | 640g
  • Hong Kong, China
  • English
  • 988186674X
  • 9789881866745
  • 903,346

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"Probably no such collection of Chinese documents has ever before been given to the world, or one that better reflects the realities of Chinese official life." --Sidney G. P. Coryn, New York Times
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About J. O. P. Bland

J. O. P. Bland served as China correspondent for the London Times from 1897 until he left China in 1910. Edmund Backhouse was a linguist, a scholar, and a translator, who worked for the British Foreign Service and the London Times. Derek Sandhaus is the chief editor of Earnshaw Books and the author of Tales of Old Hong Kong and Tales of Old Peking.
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