Empress Dowager Cixi

Author: Jung Chang
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448191424
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From the bestselling author of Wild Swans, comes the extraordinary story of the woman who brought China into the modern age. In this groundbreaking biography, Jung Chang vividly describes how Empress Dowager Cixi – the most important woman in Chinese history – brought a medieval empire into the modern age. Under her, the ancient country attained virtually all the attributes of a modern state and it was she who abolished gruesome punishments like ‘death by a thousand cuts’ and put an end to foot-binding. Jung Chang comprehensively overturns the conventional view of Cixi as a diehard conservative and cruel despot and also takes the reader into the depths of her splendid Summer Palace and the harem of Beijing’s Forbidden City, where she lived surrounded by eunuchs – with one of whom she fell in love, with tragic consequences. Packed with drama, fast-paced and gripping, it is both a panoramic depiction of the birth of modern China and an intimate portrait of a woman: as the concubine to a monarch, as the absolute ruler of a third of the world’s population, and as a unique stateswoman. ‘Powerful’ Simon Sebag Montefiore ‘Truly authoritative’ New York Times ‘Wonderful’ Sunday Times Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Biography Prize

Big Sister Little Sister Red Sister

Author: Jung Chang
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473545390
Size: 51.31 MB
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They were the most famous sisters in China. As the country battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, the three Soong sisters from Shanghai were at the centre of power, and each of them left an indelible mark on history. Red Sister, Ching-ling, married the ‘Father of China’, Sun Yat-sen, and rose to be Mao’s vice-chair. Little Sister, May-ling, became Madame Chiang Kai-shek, first lady of pre-Communist Nationalist China and a major political figure in her own right. Big Sister, Ei-ling, became Chiang’s unofficial main adviser – and made herself one of China’s richest women. All three sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory, but also endured constant mortal danger. They showed great courage and experienced passionate love, as well as despair and heartbreak. They remained close emotionally, even when they embraced opposing political camps and Ching-ling dedicated herself to destroying her two sisters’ worlds. Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister is a gripping story of love, war, intrigue, bravery, glamour and betrayal, which takes us on a sweeping journey from Canton to Hawaii to New York, from exiles’ quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow, and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. In a group biography that is by turns intimate and epic, Jung Chang reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape twentieth-century China.

The Creation Of Modern China 18942008

Author: Iain Robertson Scott
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 1783084995
Size: 69.63 MB
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No country has undergone a greater period of sustained and convulsive change than China in the twentieth century. This is its story, tracing the emergence of a modern China.

Wild Swans

Author: Jung Chang
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439106495
Size: 57.40 MB
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The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history—a bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now with a new introduction from the author. An engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love, Jung Chang describes the extraordinary lives and experiences of her family members: her grandmother, a warlord’s concubine; her mother’s struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents’ experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution. Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a “barefoot doctor,” a steelworker, and an electrician. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, moving—and ultimately uplifting—detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history.

Twentieth Century World History

Author: William J. Duiker
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780534578817
Size: 23.26 MB
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This text presents a comprehensive, balanced history of the world in the twentieth century. In addition to providing a chronicle of the key events in this revolutionary century, it takes a global approach to examining the underlying issues that have shaped the times. At the same time, it does justice to the distinctive character of individual civilizations and regions. Political, economic, social, and cultural history are integrated into a chronologically ordered synthesis that is presented through a consistent, engaging single-author narrative.

China Its History And Culture

Author: W. Scott Morton
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 0071412794
Size: 58.30 MB
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“A wonderful job! So lucid, beautfully written, with great range and insight. This will set a new standard for short general histories of China.” —Michael Gasster, professor emeritus of history at Rutgers University Newly updated and revised, China: Its History and Culture, Fourth Edition, incorporates the crucial social and economic changes that have taken place in China over the last decade. Through rich detail and engaging illustrations, the book traces China’s history from Neolithic times to the present day.

The Treasures Of Imperial Beijing

Author: Mario Sabattini
Publisher: White Star Publishers
Size: 19.23 MB
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Beijing is a repository of historical relics, its art and architecture providing visitors with a glimpse into it's grand and glorious past. This opulent volume takes readers on a memorable journey through the city's most important palaces, temples, and monuments. Hundreds of illustrations and reproductions of murals, paintings, statues, and scrolls supplement an insightful text that places these artifacts in a historical context. Includes the Forbidden City's palaces, wooden structures, pavilions, and gardens, and extensive grounds of the Summer Palace. Other chapters highlight the Great Wall, the Temple of the Sky, and the imperial temples of Beijing.