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It of Cixi through a reign as long as that of her fellow Empress Victoria whom she longed to meet her ruthlessness in fighting off rivals; her curiosity to learn; her reliance on Westerners who she placed in key positions; and her sensitivity and desire to preserve the distinctiveness of China's past while overturning traditions she as Chang reveals not Mao as he claimed banned footbinding and exposing its culture to western ideas and technolo. For close to forty years the Dowager Empress Cixi ruled the empire of China beginning in 1860 She is alternatively described as either pragmatic shrewd sensible just and gracious or meddlesome cunning underhanded and selfish She is documented throughout Chinese history as a scapegoat for the turmoil inflicted from the beginning of her rule to the beginning of the Republic Research by Jung Chang has proven that is not the case Throughout her reign in the name of her adopted son the emperor there was constant internal upheaval and rioting as well as wars with various western powers and Japan earning China the world's contempt for a country once highly respected for its size and kindheartedness Cixi was known for both her decisive action and sagacious moves in governing as well as her ability to wait years to strike vengeance Western society viewed her as a Catherine of Russia an Elizabeth of England and a Cleopatra as one of the great woman rulers in history She had no problems battling the misogynistic society in which she dwelled where most of her decisions were ignored by incompetent men on her council She was a champion of women's rights as early as 1903 This review could be many paragraphs long detailing all of her accomplishments and risk taking behavior but that would spoil most of the book Cixi deserves the admiration of her country History should be rewritten Managerial Decision Making underhanded and selfish She is documented throughout Chinese history as a scapegoat for the turmoil inflicted from the beginning of her rule to the beginning of the Republic Research by Jung Chang has proven that is not the case Throughout her reign in the name of her adopted son the emperor there was constant internal His Punishment upheaval and rioting as well as wars with various western powers and Japan earning China the world's contempt for a country once highly respected for its size and kindheartedness Cixi was known for both her decisive action and sagacious moves in governing as well as her ability to wait years to strike vengeance Western society viewed her as a Catherine of Russia an Elizabeth of England and a Cleopatra as one of the great woman rulers in history She had no problems battling the misogynistic society in which she dwelled where most of her decisions were ignored by incompetent men on her council She was a champion of women's rights as early as 1903 This review could be many paragraphs long detailing all of her accomplishments and risk taking behavior but that would spoil most of the book Cixi deserves the admiration of her country History should be rewritten

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A woman an Empress of immense wealth who was largely a prisoner within the compound walls of her palaces a mother a ruthless enemy and a brilliant strategist Chang makes a compelling case that Cixi was one of the most formidable and enlightened rulers of any nation Cixi led an intense and singular life Chosen at the age of 12 to be a concubine by the Emperor Xianfeng she gave birth to his only male heir who at four was designated Emperor when. I grew up loving Wild Swans and I was excited to start reading this I kept seeing it in the window of book stores enticing me Yet the actual read of the book was often a terrible slog The prose often felt rushed and without any real life to itThe notation system is terrible Chang never uses clearly marked footnotes or endnotes They are there but you never know where there is a reference to a source because there's never any indication in the text For a book making a lot of assertions that contradict received history this is a frustrating failingAlthough it's clear that Cixi has been the victim of a long and pronounced character assassination this felt rather biased the other way Shocking acts like the murder of the Emperor's favourite concubine Pearl by flinging her down a well deserves something than a paragraph as does the eventual murder of Guangxu himselfIt's very difficult to know without being an expert on Chinese history how to judge the accuracy of the book Cixi's life and work needs revision and an accurate accounting but while the book presents some fascinating insight on the working of Chinese society at the time it still feels uite flawed Himig Ng Sinag: MGA Piling Tula up loving Wild Swans and I was excited to start reading this I kept seeing it in the window of book stores enticing me Yet the actual read of the book was often a terrible slog The prose often felt rushed and without any real life to itThe notation system is terrible Chang never The Test uses clearly marked footnotes or endnotes They are there but you never know where there is a reference to a source because there's never any indication in the text For a book making a lot of assertions that contradict received history this is a frustrating failingAlthough it's clear that Cixi has been the victim of a long and pronounced character assassination this felt rather biased the other way Shocking acts like the murder of the Emperor's favourite concubine Pearl by flinging her down a well deserves something than a paragraph as does the eventual murder of Guangxu himselfIt's very difficult to know without being an expert on Chinese history how to judge the accuracy of the book Cixi's life and work needs revision and an accurate accounting but while the book presents some fascinating insight on the working of Chinese society at the time it still feels The Test: Taken By The Men Who Raised Me uite flawed

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His father died in 1861 In a brilliant move the young woman enlisted the help of the Emperor's widow and the two women orchestrated a coup that ousted the regents and made Cixi sole Regent Untrained and untaught the two studied history and politics together ruling the huge nation from behind a curtain When her boy died Cixi designated a young nephew as Emperor continuing her reign till her death in 1908 Chang gives us a complex riveting portra. How can such an incredible life story bejustsoboring Chinese empress Cixi led a fascinating life she wielded behind the scenes power over a third of the world’s population for nearly the whole length of ueen Victoria’s reign; she fell in love with a eunuch survived multiple assassination plots and was rud to have poisoned several rivals including her adopted son And yet this biography renders her life story utterly dull; like Kirsten Ellis did in Star of the Morning The Life and Times of Lady Hester Stanhope Chang takes an absurdly adventurous life and spoils it with dry tedious prose I had hoped for so much better from the celebrated author of Wild Swans Three Daughters of ChinaThe best parts are where Chang uses her personal knowledge of China to add depth to natural descriptions such as “Autumn is Beijing’s best season when the sun is no longer scorching the biting cold has yet to descend and no sandstorms from the northwestern desert are whipping the city as they do habitually in spring” Unfortunately most of the language is not nearly so memorableAs a result of her ruthless methods Cixi is often remembered as a tyrant but Chang clearly finds her inspirational “She was a giant but not a saint” Or “As Pearl Buck observed those who hated her were simply ‘ articulate than those who loved her’”Her life certainly makes for a tale worth reading but with so many biographies to choose from including Dragon Lady The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China and Marina Warner’s The Dragon Empress Life and Times of Tz'u Hsi Empress Dowager of China 1835 1908 you’ll surely find a better teller