Empress Dowager Cixi of China

Monday, November 11, 2013

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908) is the most important woman in Chinese history. Jung Chang explains how she brought a medieval empire into the modern age. In her biography Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China, Chang looks at how Cixi achieved modern industries, railways, electricity, the telegraph and an army and navy with up-to-date weaponry. She also put an end to foot-binding and inaugurated women’s liberation.


Jung Chang

Comments [2]


I read there was a theory (developed in the past 10-15 years I think) that Cixi herself was Han but was adopted by a powerful Manchu family as a child.

Nov. 11 2013 12:54 PM
Amy from Manhattan

How did Cixi get enough of the right people on her side to overthrow 8 grandees?

Nov. 11 2013 12:53 PM

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