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

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Algora Publishing, 2007 - History - 240 pages
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The Empress Dowager Cixi (1835 - 1908) brought destruction to the Qing Dynasty, the last feudal dynasty in the long history of China. Written with charm, 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 ambitious girl to the top rung of power as an empress dowager?

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Page 12 - Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty began building the Forbidden City in 1406.
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About the author (2007)

X. L. Woo has published a series of narrative histories of China with Algora Publishing. Mr. Woo graduated from the prestigious Zhongshan University (Sun Yat-Sen University) in Guangzhou, China, and taught English at East China Normal University in Shanghai for more than ten years, then came to the United States on a visiting professorship at Rutgers University. A bilingual writer and poet, he has published four books in Chinese and several books in English. His essays and columns in Chinese are published in US Chinese newspapers, and one of his novels was published in a local Chinese newspaper in serial form. His translations of poems from both English into Chinese and Chinese into English have been published in magazines in China and Hong Kong.

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