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The Last Empress. The She-Dragon of China., Laidler, Keith
1 Laidler, Keith The Last Empress. The She-Dragon of China.
John Wiley 2003 0470848804 / 9780470848807 First Edition Hardback with Dust Wrapper. Fine. Fine. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs 
Small neat owner label on endpaper, otherwise an immaculate unread copy. 290pp including bibliography and comprehensive index. Empress Dowager Cixi (1835 1908) was a powerful and charismatic figure who became the de facto ruler of the Manchu Qing Dynasty for 47 years. Selected by the Xianfeng Emperor as a concubine in her adolescence, she climbed the ranks of Xianfeng's harem and gave birth to a son who became the Tongzhi Emperor upon Xianfeng's death. Cixi ousted a group of regents appointed by the late emperor and assumed regency over her young son. She then consolidated control and established near absolute rule over the dynasty, maintaining power with a mixture of seduction, intrigue and even murder. 698618 
Price: 7.95 GBP
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