The Resource Dragon lady : the life and legend of the last empress of China, by Sterling Seagrave with the collaboration of Peggy Seagrave

Dragon lady : the life and legend of the last empress of China, by Sterling Seagrave with the collaboration of Peggy Seagrave

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Dragon lady : the life and legend of the last empress of China
Title
Dragon lady
Title remainder
the life and legend of the last empress of China
Statement of responsibility
by Sterling Seagrave with the collaboration of Peggy Seagrave
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The last empress of China--Dowager Empress Cixi (Tzu Hsi, 1835-1908)--is remembered as one of history's monsters, an iron-willed concubine who, after usurping power in 1861, ruled from the Dragon Throne for half a century. Her reign, in the aftermath of the Opium Wars and through the Boxer Rebellion until the collapse of the 2,000-year-old empire, has traditionally been seen as one of murder, poison, and intrigue. But the wicked image is false. In 1974, to the dismay of scholars, Sir Edmund Backhouse--the biographer most responsible for the widespread vision of Cixi as monster--was revealed to be a con man and a hoaxster. Now best-selling biographer Sterling Seagrave has undertaken the first complete reappraisal of the empress. Drawing on many unpublished or long-overlooked contemporary sources, Seagrave shows us Cixi as a complex woman whose desperate--though often misguided--efforts to hold her country together take on a different coloration in the context of unrelenting foreign attempts to colonize and tear it apart. Far from being all-powerful, she was actually a hostage of vengeful Manchu princes in a power struggle against both Chinese reformers and foreign interference. Here at last is an authentic portrait of this fascinating historical figure, as well as insight into the Western craving to believe in a sinister, dragon-haunted Orient
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Seagrave, Sterling
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
DS763.63.T96
LC item number
S43 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Seagrave, Peggy
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cixi
  • Cixi
  • Qing Cixi (China, Regentin)
  • Empresses
  • Empresses
  • Biographie
  • China
Label
Dragon lady : the life and legend of the last empress of China, by Sterling Seagrave with the collaboration of Peggy Seagrave
Link
https://archive.org/details/dragonladylifean00seag
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Flowers in the back garden -- Lady Yehenara -- Foreign devils -- Palace coup -- Behind a gauze curtain -- Two men on a horse -- Life in a yellow mist -- Suicide of a phoenix -- "Our hart" -- Hostage to etiquette -- New ironhats -- Wild fox -- Puppet show -- Betrayal -- Fugitive -- Poisoned pen -- Sly pornographer -- Weed people -- Something wicked this way comes -- Mad, rotten scheme -- Siege of Peking -- Chinese takeaway -- Forked tongue -- Dragons flee -- "That odious woman" -- Hunting snipe -- Hatching the dragon lady -- Dynasty's end
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xv, 601 pages
Isbn
9780679402305
Lccn
91052712
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)23652354
  • (OCoLC)ocm23652354
Label
Dragon lady : the life and legend of the last empress of China, by Sterling Seagrave with the collaboration of Peggy Seagrave
Link
https://archive.org/details/dragonladylifean00seag
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Flowers in the back garden -- Lady Yehenara -- Foreign devils -- Palace coup -- Behind a gauze curtain -- Two men on a horse -- Life in a yellow mist -- Suicide of a phoenix -- "Our hart" -- Hostage to etiquette -- New ironhats -- Wild fox -- Puppet show -- Betrayal -- Fugitive -- Poisoned pen -- Sly pornographer -- Weed people -- Something wicked this way comes -- Mad, rotten scheme -- Siege of Peking -- Chinese takeaway -- Forked tongue -- Dragons flee -- "That odious woman" -- Hunting snipe -- Hatching the dragon lady -- Dynasty's end
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xv, 601 pages
Isbn
9780679402305
Lccn
91052712
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)23652354
  • (OCoLC)ocm23652354

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