The Dragon Empress: Life & Times of Tz'uhsi, 1833-1908, Empress Dowager of China

Warner, Marina

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New York. 1972. Macmillan. 1st American Edition. Some Foxing Along Side Edge, Otherwise Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket W/A Couple Of Tears. 15. 271 pages. hardcover. Jacket Illustration - Detail of a robe embroidered with a phoenix, emblem of the empress, and said to have belonged to Tz'u-hsi. Jacket designed by Behram Kapadia Photograph by Werner Forman. keywords:. inventory # 12666. FROM THE PUBLISHER - From 1861 to 1908 the Celestial Empire was ruled by the iron hand ofa woman - the Empress Dowager Tz'u-hsi. She was opportunistic, ruthless, malicious, and xenophobic. Yet, while her determination held the empire together for nearly fifty years, her reactionary, Sino-centric view of the world plunged China into poverty and civil war, encouraged foreign invasions and ultimately brought about the end of the Ch'ing dynasty. In this sweeping biography, Marina Warner re-creates in panoramic detail the reign of this indomitable, fascinating woman. The early part of her life at court and her first years of power as co-regent were marked by turbulence and war. Although the following few years saw China flourish during the successful and enlightened T'ung-chih `Restoration,' the period was colored by a growing distrust of foreign powers on the part of the empress. In 1894, China suffered a crushing humiliation when she was defeated by Japan in a short but decisive war. Attempting to save the weakening empire, Tz'u-hsi's nephew, the Kuang-hsu Emperor—whom she had named to the throne—embarked on a far-reaching program of reform. However, his progressive measures so alarmed the conservative Tz'u-hsi that she ordered his arrest and confined him in a palace at Peking. By that time, the empress's extreme paranoia had infected the whole nation, culminating in the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. Foreigners and native Christians were persecuted and besieged in Peking. Finally, an international force intervened, invaded the capital, and put the empress and her court to flight. Paradoxically, the last years of Tz'u-hsi's life were spent in a desperate attempt to befriend foreign powers and reform China. But the empire was being swept by a revolutionary tide, and when Tz'u-hsi died in 19o8, the Ch'ing dynasty survived her by a bare three years. This compelling study, as it analyzes the decline of the empire and examines the concepts and rituals of its people, lays bare the complex personality of Tz'u-hsi, the woman: her passion for power and intrigue; her obsession with ritual and ceremony; her love of gardens, painting, and the theater; her excessive vanity and extravagance; her corruption and cruelty; and her legacy— a China torn from more than two thousand years of dynastic rule and tradition, facing a precarious future fraught with revolution, political and economic crises, and social upheaval. MARINA WARNER was born in Egypt in 1946 and educated in Cairo, Brussels, in a convent in England, and at Oxford, where she was editor of Isis. She was a journalist on the staff of The Daily Telegraph and features editor of Vogue (London). In 197o, she received the Daily Telegraph's Young Writer of the Year award for an essay. She is married to the writer William Shawcross. Some Foxing Along Side Edge, Otherwise Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket W/A Couple Of Tears. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The Dragon Empress: Life & Times of Tz'uhsi,...
Publisher: Macmillan
Publication Date: 1972
Binding: hardcover
Edition: 1st Edition.

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Book Description Macmillan, 1972. hardcover. 1st edition. New York. 1972. . Macmillan. 1st American Edition. Some Foxing Along Side Edge, Otherwise Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket W/A Couple Of Tears. ISBN:. . 271 pages. hardcover. . Jacket Illustration - Detail of a robe embroidered with a phoenix, emblem of the empress, and said to have belonged to Tz'u-hsi. Jacket designed by Behram Kapadia Photograph by Werner Forman. FROM THE PUBLISHER - From 1861 to 1908 the Celestial Empire was ruled by the iron hand ofa woman - the Empress Dowager Tz'u-hsi. She was opportunistic, ruthless, malicious, and xenophobic. Yet, while her determination held the empire together for nearly fifty years, her reactionary, Sino-centric view of the world plunged China into poverty and civil war, encouraged foreign invasions and ultimately brought about the end of the Ch'ing dynasty. In this sweeping biography, Marina Warner re-creates in panoramic detail the reign of this indomitable, fascinating woman. The early part of her life at court and her first years of power as co-regent were marked by turbulence and war. Although the following few years saw China flourish during the successful and enlightened T'ung-chih `Restoration,' the period was colored by a growing distrust of foreign powers on the part of the empress. In 1894, China suffered a crushing humiliation when she was defeated by Japan in a short but decisive war. Attempting to save the weakening empire, Tz'u-hsi's nephew, the Kuang-hsu Emperor—whom she had named to the throne—embarked on a far-reaching program of reform. However, his progressive measures so alarmed the conservative Tz'u-hsi that she ordered his arrest and confined him in a palace at Peking. By that time, the empress's extreme paranoia had infected the whole nation, culminating in the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. Foreigners and native Christians were persecuted and besieged in Peking. Finally, an international force intervened, invaded the capital, and put the empress and her court to flight. Paradoxically, the last years of Tz'u-hsi's life were spent in a desperate attempt to befriend foreign powers and reform China. But the empire was being swept by a revolutionary tide, and when Tz'u-hsi died in 19o8, the Ch'ing dynasty survived her by a bare three years. This compelling study, as it analyzes the decline of the empire and examines the concepts and rituals of its people, lays bare the complex personality of Tz'u-hsi, the woman: her passion for power and intrigue; her obsession with ritual and ceremony; her love of gardens, painting, and the theater; her excessive vanity and extravagance; her corruption and cruelty; and her legacy— a China torn from more than two thousand years of dynastic rule and tradition, facing a precarious future fraught with revolution, political and economic crises, and social upheaval. MARINA WARNER was born in Egypt in 1946 and educated in Cairo, Brussels, in a convent in England, and at Oxford, where she was editor of Isis. She was a journalist on the staff of The Daily Telegraph and features editor of Vogue (London). In 197o, she received the Daily Telegraph's Young Writer of the Year award for an essay. She is married to the writer William Shawcross. MARINA WARNER is Professor of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex and a distinguished writer of fiction, criticism, and history. inventory #12658 Some Foxing Along Side Edge, Otherwise Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket W/A Couple Of Tears. Seller Inventory # z12658

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