Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine who Launched Modern China
In this ground-breaking biography, Jung Chang shows that under Cixi's rule China acquired virtually all the attributes of a modern state: industries, railways, cars, electricity, telephones, Western medicine, an army and navy with modern weaponry.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - john257hopper - LibraryThing
This is a well researched biography by the author better known for Wild Swans. Cixi was the most powerful woman in Chinese history effectively exercising executive power over the largest state in the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bookbrig - LibraryThing
This book is SO GOOD. (The audio was also great.) I feel like I actually got to know the empress intimately, as well as getting a sweeping look at Chinese history and its role in the geopolitical ... Read full review