The Dragon Empress : Life and Times of Tz'u-hsi, 1835-1908, Empress Dowager of China Paperback
From 1861 to 1908 a woman, the Empress Dowager Tz'u-hsi, born the daughter of a minor mandarin, held the supreme power in China.
Opportunistic, ruthless, malicious, she ruled over four hundred million people.
Marina Warner's biography lays bare her complex personality: her extreme conventionalism; her hatred of "foreigners"; her passion for power and intrigue; her vanity and her delight in ritual; her extravagance and corruption and her love of gardens, painting and the theatre.
THE DRAGON EMPRESS also portrays a China in rapid decline as poverty, civil war and foreign exploitation and invasion brought about the fall of the Ch'ing dynasty.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages, 1
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 15/07/1993
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780099165910
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Review by bhowell
This is a fascinating portrait of a significant historical character.