Empress Dowager Cixi: China’s Last Dynasty and the Long Reign of a Formidable Concubine by X.L. Woo
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Overview: 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 history of her extraordinary life and long reign, relating both historical facts and apochryphal 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 dowager? How did she grow from an inexperienced girl to a mature politician who managed to maintain her sovereign status for 48 years?
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs