The Dragon Empress: Life And Times Of Tzu Hsi, 1835 1908, Empress Dowager Of China Marina Warner

ISBN: 9780351186578

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The Dragon Empress: Life And Times Of Tzu Hsi, 1835 1908, Empress Dowager Of China by Marina Warner
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From 1861 to 1908 a woman - the Empress Dowager Tzu-hsi, born the daughter of a minor mandarin - held the supreme power in China. Opportunist, ruthless, malicious, she ruled over 400 million people. This biography explores her complex personality - her extreme conventionalism, her hatred of foreigners, her passion for power and intrigue, her vanity and her delight in ritual, her extravagance and corruption, and her love of gardens, painting and the theatre. The book also portrays a China in rapid decline, as poverty, civil war and foreign exploitation and invasion brought about the fall of the Ching dynasty.



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