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Jung Chang was born in Yibin, Sichuan Province, China, in 1952. She left China for Britain in 1978 and obtained a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of York in 1982. She is the first person from the People¿s Republic of China to receive a doctorate from a British university. She lives in mostrar mais London with her husband, Jon Halliday, with whom she wrote Mao: The Unknown Story. Her non-fiction book, Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, was a New York Times bestseller in 2014. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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What an absolutely fascinating book. I knew so little about China. This books lets you see a family's personal journey through the Communist Revolution to almost current times.
 
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dkornf | outras 158 resenhas | Apr 2, 2024 |
This is a fascinating read into the life of Empress Dowager. Other than providing insights into the evolution of modern China, I find that it offers interesting leadership lessons too. Not only is Cixi forward looking and open-minded, she never totally abandoned those that she sidelined thus ensuring that she retained their loyalty. She also understood the need to cultivate relationships, like how she made friends with the wives and daughters of the foreign legion, thus ensuring they had a good word to say when they went back to their countries.… (mais)
 
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siok | outras 33 resenhas | Feb 12, 2024 |
This kaleidoscopic tour through 19th century China and the life of Empress Dowager Cixi (which I pronounce as Empress Suzi) once again gives us a great appreciation for what we have today compared to what peasants in medieval China — and the rest of the world — had to expect from life.

No indoor plumbing. No indoor heat. Floods. Famine. Competing empires. Little of anything we’d call an education.

It is no wonder contemporary Chinese look back on their history with not a little distain and resentment for how the West treated them during the period of denial when the “Western devils” encroached on their idyllic Confucian society.

It was a brutal existence. Bound feet for the women. Patriarchal society. Domination of the Han Chinese by the Manchu. Filthy streets. Corruption rampant.

The British injected a steady stream of poisonous opium into this society and then objected when the Chinese dumped their precious commodity into the bay of Canton. Sound familiar, you Americans out there?

When the Qing Emperor died and left his young son in command, the boy’s mother —- the concubine Empress — and the legit empress established a regency with her in control. She reigned on and off for 47 years.

Jung Chang contends that Cixi opened the trade door wide and tried to Westernize and modernize China going so far as to plant the seeds for a constitutional monarchy.

She brought in trains, modern schools, new military technology, and a modern appreciation for science.

Along with Western trade came Christian missionaries and a new religious dogma. It brought turmoil, unruly mobs, and catastrophic social unrest including the Taipeng Rebellion and later the Boxer Rebellion.

Foreign governments took over large territories in China. Foreign troops ruined national monuments.

China has lifted herself up after a century after Cixi’s regency. Hundreds of millions have moved to cities and modern conveniences. Illiteracy has declined dramatically. And there is a huge middle class.

While its streets are no longer cesspools of filth, though, today Beijing’s air is foul and toxic. The country’s biggest rivers are polluted, and mining tailings pollute large swaths of the countryside.

Its population has quadrupled, and its goverment is a Leninist clique.

Modernization has come at a steep price. And not just China’s modernization.
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MylesKesten | outras 33 resenhas | Jan 23, 2024 |
Sono in difficoltà a scrivere la recensione di questo libro perché, non avendo conoscenze pregresse alla lettura di questo libro di Cixi, non so quanta verità ci sia nell’accusa che ho visto rivolgere più di frequente all’autrice: Chang avrebbe fornito un ritratto troppo lusinghiero dell’imperatrice vedova, mostrandosi indulgente nei confronti delle sue colpe e dei suoi errori.

Il mio fiuto di lettrice mi suggerisce che il tono apologetico è giustificato dal fatto che Chang ha scritto questo libro anche per riabilitare una figura storica che, in quanto donna di potere, ha subito giudizi poco lusinghieri: anche quando racconta degli errori di Cixi, l’autrice cerca di addolcire il biasimo con una serie di giustificazioni che non sono campate per aria (l’apparato di fonti consultate è notevole), ma finiscono probabilmente per restituirci un’immagine più positiva del necessario.

Detto questo, L’imperatrice Cixi mi è piaciuto tanto, me lo sono letto a colpi di cento pagine al giorno e mi ha fatto venire una gran voglia di leggere gli altri lavori di Chang. Cixi è stata una politica abile e capace, a differenza del marito e dei figli, che avrebbero dovuto ereditare il regno, ma che non avevano le capacità di guidare la Cina in quel particolare momento storico, vuoi per disinteresse (è dura fare l’imperatore quando le tue inclinazioni sono lontane dalla politica), vuoi per una mentalità che aveva ormai fatto il suo corso.

La vita di Cixi – e i suoi diversi periodi di regno – hanno coinciso con grandi cambiamenti per la Cina – inclusa la cessione dell’isola di Hong Kong alla Gran Bretagna – e quindi è un momento storico interessante del quale sapere di più, visto che ha messo in moto eventi cruciali per arrivare alla Cina di oggi.
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lasiepedimore | outras 33 resenhas | Jan 17, 2024 |

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