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Author Woo, X. L.

Title Empress dowager Cixi : China's last dynasty and the long reign of a formitable concubine : legends and lives during the declining days of the Qing dynasty / X.L. Woo
Published New York : Algora Pub., [2002]
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Description 1 online resource (232 pages)
Contents Rising to the top -- A balancing act -- Tumbling down
Summary 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 caught up in foreign wars. Through their policy decisions as well as their personal foibles, both left a deep imprint in history and in the minds of the Chinese people, fueling literature and legend. Fighting to maintain her power base, Empress Cixi struggled with the need to modernize the painfully backward empire she had inherited while honoring age-old traditions. She studied previous rulers' failures and achievements, and especially followed the example of another Chinese woman leader, Wu-Hou, who had elevated herself from concubine to empress some 1200 years earlier
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Subject Cixi, Empress dowager of China, 1835-1908.
Empresses -- China -- Biography.
China -- History -- Guangxu, 1875-1908.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0875861660 (electronic bk.)
9780875861661 (electronic bk.)