China Under the Empress Dowager by Edmund Trelawny Backhouse

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One of the most popular and controversial Chinese history books ever written, this account explores the Forbidden City during the reign of Empress Dowager Cixi (1861–1908). Entertaining and enlightening, this record examines a world of power-thirsty eunuchs, concubines, and Mandarins. Filled with intrigue, bitter antagonism, and ruthless reprisals and predicting the fall of the Qing dynasty, this history is heavily based on Chinese source materials, some of which may have been fabricated.


About Edmund Trelawny Backhouse

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J. O. P. Bland served as China correspondent for the London Times from 1897 until he left China in 1910. Edmund Backhouse was a linguist, a scholar, and a translator, who worked for the British Foreign Service and the London Times. Derek Sandhaus is the chief editor of Earnshaw Books and the author of Tales of Old Hong Kong and Tales of Old Peking.
Published February 1, 2011 by Earnshaw Books. 552 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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